Inverness Caledonian Thistle full back Cameron Harper is grateful for faith shown by manager John Robertson
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CAMERON Harper says he is determined to repay manager John Robertson’s faith in him after helping realising his dream of playing for his hometown club.
The former Culloden Academy pupil has progressed over eight years from the under-11 squad to being a regular full back in the first team.
The 19-year-old has impressed during his first season as a regular squad member for the club.
Coming through the ranks at Inverness, Harper says the faith shown by Robertson that he could become a fixture in the starting 11 was the drive for him to get where he is today.
And he is determined to carry on his good form going and keep the position as his own.
“The manager has always said that to me as well asRoddy MacGregor and Daniel Mackay,” he said.
“Even last year when I wasn’t getting games, he was always telling me that my time will come to prove myself.
“He has shown that with a young team he has been picking to play matches in the league.
“Even the likes of Robbie Deas and Wallace Duffy who are more senior to the likes of me and Roddy, they are still young players too.
“But the manager has shown he will give youth a chance.”
Harper is playing in an experienced back line with the likes of Deas, Danny Devine and Brad McKay.
He says being in defence with players who knows what the Championship is all about has helped him improve as a player.
He says he is eager to learn more as his career progresses at the Caledonian Stadium and to help them progress up the division during 2021.
“It is good being the youngest in the defence, everyone talks to you and tells you what you’re doing right and what you can do better.
“Having the experienced players alongside me has certainly helped me in games.
“I have learned a lot about game management about when to go forward and when not to. I think having the experience with the likes of Danny Devine, Brad McKay and Robbie Deas along with Mark Ridgers in goal has helped me out a lot this season.
“All the senior boys are good with the younger lads.
“They speak to us and tell how we can improve our games. There is not really one person in particular who does it more than anybody else. We are a close group and the senior boys help the young boys. “