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Gosling encouraged by the influence of Grecians' senior professionals

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

Jake Gosling (right) in action on his full debut for Exeter City against Accrington Stanley last Friday picture: Mat Mingo/Pinnacle

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Jake Gosling believes that the strong team spirit inside the Exeter City dressing room can only help the Grecians in their quest for promotion.

The gifted young winger was handed his full debut in last Friday's 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley, but despite his tender years, Gosling feels very much at home among his more senior team-mates.

"It's a brilliant spirit within the squad and I really couldn't wish for a better squad," Gosling said.

"There were a few personalities last year, but I think this year, we are a really tight knit group and there is no one this year that I think isn't very nice, or anything like that.

"We are a great team and I think we are proving that this season as we are doing really well. Team spirit goes a long way and we have a great one here. We have a great manager, great coaching staff and a great team and we are doing really well. That obviously helps, but all the lads are brilliant.

"Pat [Baldwin] and Colesy [Danny Coles] are big personalities and at the heart of all the banter, but they are funny guys and you can learn from players like that. They have played in the Championship and been League players for years now.

"I just want to take snippets from each player and learn and progress my game. You have to look up to players and learn from these players."

This is Gosling's first year as a professional and it is a year of many highs for the Cornish youngster. He enjoyed a hugely successful spell on loan at Dorchester Town earlier this campaign and hit the national headlines by scoring the only goal of the game in a televised FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle, who ditched him as a schoolboy.

"It was a sweet moment for me," Gosling said. "As you know, I started my career there, but didn't get in. I ended up at Exeter and I'm glad I did as they are the ones that have given me my chance.

"Obviously. there is a big rivalry between Exeter and Plymouth and it also proved that I could handle myself against League Two opposition at my age. It was certainly the best moment of my career so far.

"I have had a lot of Exeter fans mentioning the goal and it brought me a few more Twitter followers and stuff like that!

"My cousin had a £10 bet on me to be first scorer and Dorchester to win 1-0 and he ended up winning about £300. He said he'd get me a drink or two the next time he saw me, but I'm still waiting. It's funny that he did that and it came off, and nice for him as well."

Gosling added: "By going out and playing men's football, you get used to the physicality. I only played youth football last year, so I wasn't really used to playing men's football so much. But it's not just that, it's the fact it is results-based football as well.

"You are playing in a league, teams want to beat you and smash you up, really, so it was good I took a few whacks while I was there, that's for sure. It was really beneficial for me."

Now, though, Gosling, has a role to play in Exeter's promotion push. With the likes of Alan Gow and Liam Sercombe out for the foreseeable future, Gosling is likely to get further opportunities. But, while it is good for him, he does have sympathy for his stricken colleagues.

"You don't want to see any of your team-mates injured, not at all," he said. "We are a tight-knit group and I like everyone here at the club, but it does give opportunities for us other players to play and I hope that I proved myself against Accrington and held my own and I can carry on playing, really.

"It was great to make my debut. It was my aim this season to get 90 minutes as well as make my debut, and I really enjoyed it. It's a lot different to reserve-team and youth-team football, it's harder work and that is what I want to do."

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