Cameron Norman on Competition For Places & His Desire to Start More Games

Walsall defender Cameron Norman has spoken ahead of this weekend's League Two clash with Carlisle United and believes the hard work he has put in on the training pitch has put him in a good place as he looks to secure a regular starting spot.
24-year-old, Norwich-born Norman has made twenty first-team appearances so far this season and recently recieved a run in the side after Shay Facey picked up an injury during win over Leyton Orient on New Years Day.

Norman, who joined Walsall from Oxford United during last season's January Transfer Window, is eager to turn his training ground miles into minutes on the pitch as he looks to help the Saddlers continue their recent run of form.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Cameron said; "I think it puts that added pressure on your shoulders because you want to perform so much.

"But I think you’ve got to take yourself away from that so that you don’t go on the pitch and try too hard or do things you wouldn’t normally do. With me personally it’s training hard every week and when that opportunity comes I was going to be ready to take it.

"It’s almost sweeter when it happens that way because you can kind of take a step back and see that hard work off the pitch, that people don’t see, is then being rewarded on the pitch.

"You can keep that strong mentality and stay hungry, then it’s a whole lot sweeter when you come back in. I think the gaffer is keen to have competition for areas all over the pitch.

"If we’re going to be a successful team, we’re not going to just have eleven players so I fully expect to have competition and if we can thrive off each other, then that’s only going to help us individually and for the team."
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