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Young Owls shot-stopper on track

16 March 2022

Club News

Young Owls shot-stopper on track

16 March 2022

First year scholar Pierce Charles says he has taken plenty from his maiden season with the Owls so far.

The former Manchester City youngster began his scholarship with Wednesday in July last year and has played a regular part between the sticks for the Under-18s.

Goalkeeping duties have been shared between Jack Hall and Charles this season with both shot-stoppers impressing when given the chance.

Northern Ireland youth international Charles was given the nod for the recent victory over Peterborough, after which we caught up with the aspiring keeper.

Having gone a goal behind, Wednesday battled back to win 2-1 with goals from Leojo Davidson and Caelan Kilheeney.

But Charles played his part in the league clash with Posh, making several eye-catching saves to deny the visitors anything from the game.

“I made a few decent saves to help keep us in it which is what you want to do, it’s my job to do that,” Charles said.

“It was a good three points against a side who came here and played well. We were not at our best, we have been good at times this season but to fight it out and win the points is encouraging.

“Andy Holdsworth brought us all in at the end and the message was that we can play much better than that but to get the points and go back top of the table is a big positive for us.


“To look at the table and see you are top is a good confidence booster as well.

“We play Coventry this weekend and that will be a big game as they are up there competing for the title with us but we’ll train as well as we can and hopefully we can be celebrating another win as well.”

So what is the dynamic like between Hall and Charles behind the scenes?

“Jack and I are always pushing each other on in training, we’re the same age, I’d say we are both good goalkeepers! There is a competition there for us and it pushes us on day by day, training with Nicky Weaver is brilliant and we can feel progress in our game.

“I think I have improved a lot since I first came in, I enjoy it so much. It’s all I want to do, play football and enjoy myself.

“My target for the remaining games is to keep improving, get as good as I can and obviously I want to help us win the league and then the play-off games after that.”

When asked if there is a clean sheet competition going between the two academy goalkeepers, Pierce responded: “We don’t have anything like that, no! Clean sheets are together, a team thing, we try and get as many as we can and put them in one collection. We prepare together for the games and if the clean sheets come, we’ve both contributed in one way or another.”

Charles has also taken plenty from the occasions he has trained in a first team environment this season. He is also spurred on at home as football clearly runs in the family with older brother Shea making excellent strides at Manchester City.


“I have done some training with the first team too in the last couple of weeks and that has been good,” Charles continued. “It’s just about getting into the pace of it – it’s a lot different but you will improve as a player as a result.

“My brother is also a very good player, he plays at Manchester City, he’s a CDM but can play in many positions.

“When we go out and play football together - my brother and a couple of mates - we push each other on but I definitely wouldn’t be happy with him scoring past me!”

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