GREG Rutherford hopes his first professional goal has announced his arrival on the senior stage – but he admits it is just a start.
The 18-year-old – a product of Pools’ youth academy – was making just his third appearance for Pools when he came from the bench during the dying embers of Saturday’s game at Portsmouth.
But Rutherford ended the afternoon as the toast of the travelling Poolies as he broke clear before finishing in style to crown a 3-1 victory.
It was just reward for the Whitley Bay-born teenager who has long since caught the eye at reserve-team level.
Rutherford, however, knows it is merely the beginning of his career as a professional footballer, but he is determined to use it as a launchpad for the rest of the season.
“Week in, week out you work so hard and think ‘have I done enough to get some time on the pitch?’,” he told SportMail.
“The last few months I’ve put so much work in.
“With a few injuries you get yourself in there and you’ve just got to take that chance to make a name for yourself.
“I make sure I always do extra when I train, you have to take every chance to develop, you can’t stand still.
“When your time comes you have to take it – thankfully I did that at the weekend.
“It was brilliant and I’ll never forget it, but it’s the start for me.
“I have to use it now to keep pressing and pushing to be involved.”
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Mail where there is also reports and reaction from last night’s games involving Newcastle United and Sunderland.
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