Forward keen to make lasting impression after superb Partick strike.
- Youth graduate pleased with how his game has developed in the past year.
- Gary Caldwell’s management having a positive effect on 20-year-old.
- Jennings impressing alongside Lee Nicholls, Tim Chow, Louis Robles and Jordan Flores.
Latics forward Ryan Jennings feels he’s become a more disciplined and educated footballer over the last 12 months as he continues to enjoy a growing reputation within the club.
The 20-year-old impressed in last year’s pre-season fixtures but struggled to force his way into the first team picture.
However, boss Gary Caldwell holds the Gorton-born forward in high regard and his fine goal in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle rounded off a solid week for him after an impressive performance against Altrincham too.
“Ever since the new gaffer has come in, it’s been interesting to see how he wants to play and how positive he has been in our football with the passing style and winning mentality he’s looking to bring to the team,” Jennings explained.
“It’s a good experience, I’m enjoying it but now I want to push on and stake my claim to get some league appearances.
“I’m pleased to score goals and contribute for the team, I did the same last season but had the wrong attitude to the game. I’m developing now, though, I’ve got more respect for the defensive side of the game and I’m a lot more disciplined.”
On how he’s turned his game around, Jennings says the impact of Joe Parkinson on the first team has been helpful whilst the example Tim Chow set last season has been an inspiration to all.
“I took a step back, looked at my game and how I could change it for the better so hopefully I’ll keep learning and the calmness I’m trying to bring to my game will make me better,” he added.
“Joe Parkinson knows a lot about all us development squad players and he can give the gaffer the information on how to get the best out of us so it’s better for us and our chances.
“Tim was about to get released last year but his hard work and determination got him where he is now and I just think it’s a great message to any young player.”
On the experience of training with the first team on a daily basis, Jennings says the quality of the sessions is making him a better player whilst he feels right at home in a new group of players.
“Training is a quicker tempo; it’s more serious with a more competitive nature, I’m just getting the experience and trying to take that into my game on the pitch.
“All the new lads have settled in well and I think that’s shown in the games, training has gone well especially with the tours and the players rooming with different teammates to get to know each other quicker.”