Position: Full back
Club: Stevenage FC (League Two)
Nationality: Northern Irish
Ever wondered what it’s like being a young footballer playing in the English League’s? Well wonder no more as AFEFootballNews gives you a little insight.
Nathan Kerr is a young defender who plays for Stevenage FC. He came through the youth team of the League Two side before signing his first professional contract in May of last year.
Manager Darren Sarll, who is still there now, had originally taken Kerr to the club’s academy after seeing him captain Northern Ireland schoolboys to victory over England in the Victory Shield.
He made his first team debut, when he came on as a substitute for Ronnie Henry in a 3–1 defeat to Leyton Orient in an EFL Trophy group stage game on 30 August 2016. He made his League Two debut four days later, in a 6-1 win over Hartlepool United.
In this interview, AFEFootballNews asks Nathan about some of his experiences so far and what advice he’d give to other young footballers.
AFE: Which team do you support and why?
NK: I support Liverpool and have done since I was kid, probably because all of my family did.
AFE: Who was your footballing idol when growing up?
NK: Would have to be Steven Gerrard definitely, he had everything.
AFE: What made you want to start playing football?
NK: The fact that my brother plays football and my dad also played football was a massive influence on me wanting to play.
I’ve been kicking a ball for as long as I can remember.
AFE: You signed your first pro contract in 2016, how did that make you feel?
NK: Yeah I was buzzing to be honest, it was a real dream come true.
It’s made me want to work harder now as well and push on for bigger and better things.
AFE: What’s it like representing your country at youth level?
NK: It’s a massive honour to play for my country.
I’ve been lucky enough to have a played a good few times for Northern Ireland’s youth set up (under 16’s, 17’s and now 19’s) already and I hope that I’ll get many more chances in the future.
Hopefully someday I can represent them at senior level as well.
AFE: Who’s been your toughest opponent to play against so far?
NK: Tyler Roberts, who plays for West Brom & Wales.
He was quick and hard to defend against.
AFE: What’s your personal target for this season?
NK: My personal target is to get at least 5 senior appearances for Stevenage by the end of the season.
AFE: Advice to any other young players trying to make it?
NK: Don’t give up when it gets tough mentally, because it can end up being worth it in the end.
Also be patient and recognise your opportunities when they come along and grab them with everything.