How first-team training has improved Ben Sheaf

After returning from injury this season, Ben Sheaf has slotted seamlessly back into Steve Gatting’s under-23 side.

The defender has impressed in first-team training too, and was rewarded with his debut in the Europa League fixture away at Red Star Belgrade.

“It’s good for me to be in and around the first team, the next step for me is actually getting in the starting XI,” Sheaf told

“I’m in and around it, training with them regularly, so it’s obviously good for me, but now I want to take the next step and start playing some games.

“I’m definitely more comfortable on the ball, training with the first team is a lot faster than with the under-23s, so it has certainly helped me with the speed of the game and so coming down I’m a bit more controlled and good in possession.

“I just need to continue to do the right things in training and hopefully catch the boss’ eye and that way hopefully he can trust me and sticks me in one day.

“I’ve just got to keep doing the right things on a daily basis and I think that if you do it consistently it will definitely help you push and maybe get there in the end.”

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