Jack Baldwin confident he’s good enough and old enough to stay in side

Jack Baldwin heads the ball from midfield. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Baldwin heads the ball from midfield. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Baldwin looked anything but a rookie debutant last weekend – and the confident teenager believes age should be no barrier to his progress this season.

It is no surprise the 18-year-old midfielder subscribes to the theory “if you’re good enough, you’re old enough”.

And, on the evidence of his display against Colchester United six days ago, Baldwin certainly boasts the necessary ability – he just hopes caretaker coach Micky Barron agrees.

“I hope I’ve done enough to stay in the side,” he told SportMail ahead of the Boxing Day trip to Oldham Athletic.

“I give my best every game and I want to make it hard for the other players to get back in.

“If you play the game well, no matter how young you are, you can stay in there and I’d like to think I’ve done enough.”

Baldwin’s transformation from university-bound student to professional footballer could have been plucked straight from a comic book.

And it is a journey he admits has been hard to take in at times.

“Six months ago I was in sixth form college, now I’m playing in League One and sometimes it feels a bit surreal, sometimes it feels right,” said the Kent-born starlet, who shares a flat in town with fellow summer signing James Poole.

“I’ve been getting used to training – at first it was tough every day, but now I feel part of it, joining in the banter and the like.

“I really enjoy it up here and living with James has been a big help.

“We always talk and swap opinions – who did well, who could do better and things like that just all about the game.

“He’s good to be around and he helps me a lot.”