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INTERVIEW: Tharme relishing League One chance

Stanley's ninth summer signing can't wait to play in the EFL

15 August 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Tharme relishing League One chance

Stanley's ninth summer signing can't wait to play in the EFL

15 August 2022

Defender Doug Tharme is determined to grasp his chance at Accrington Stanley after signing on loan from Championship side Blackpool.

John Coleman has been chasing the 22-year-old for a while and hopes he can make a big impression as he steps up from playing Conference North football with Southport last season into League One.

Tharme began his career at Wrexham, played in non-league football, before moving into professional football in January, signing for Blackpool but being loaned back to the Bluebirds for the rest of last season.

"I was a young lad at Wrexham, I signed a pro and was there for two years but never really got in," said Tharme.

"From there I went to Curzon Ashton in National League North, enjoyed it and then Covid happened and I ended up in Wales with Connah’s Quay.

"Somewhere along the way, I had impressed Liam Watson at Southport and went there and did well and enjoyed my time there.

"My time at Southport helped me enjoy football again. At Wrexham I did nothing other than football so I was thinking about it all the time, it becomes your life and for me that wasn’t the way to go. I enjoy football and am fully focused when I train and play but away from it that’s it, it’s important to be interested in other things.

"At Southport, I was working during the day. I did a bit of everything, I was coaching at Wrexham, a primary school PE teacher and I am studying psychology at uni as well.

"Football becomes something you enjoy, play with your mates, it’s an escape from daily life. On a Saturday there wasn’t pressure and expectations, it was a case of just do the best you can and then you are confident and I ended up playing my best football.

"Out of the blue a move to Blackpool came. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, the last six months, to get my head around but I always knew I would go out on loan and this move to Accrington has been going on for a little while. There has been a delay due to a slight injury but every conversation has been positive and I am looking forward to it now.

"Everything I have heard about the team is positive - a great set of lads, great staff, great culture and everyone works hard and, if you work hard, there is always that belief special things can happen.

"I take what I do seriously. I just try and put myself about, there is no point being a big body if you are not going to use it and that’s something I have learnt over time. I am quite aggressive too.

"I hope to play an important role in both boxes. I am a threat in the opposition box and, if the ball is in my box, I don’t want it there."

Tharme goes straight into the squad for the trip to Forest Green Rovers tomorrow night.

"Straight into the fire and there is no other way I would have it. It means I will quickly embed myself into the team and the game."

The full first interview video with Doug Tharme is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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