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Denny praises Reds character

New boy enjoying life in the WPL


Midfielder Jay Denny is enjoying life at Latham Park and has praised the character within the Robins dressing room.

Denny has started in all three JD Welsh Premier League matches so far and came on as a second half substitute in the Nathaniel MG Cars cup win over Bala Town.

The former Halesowen man is one of a number of new signings brought in this summer by boss Chris Hughes.

He insisted the new side is gelling well and he has been impressed by the character the side has shown in recent weeks.

Denny said: "The team is gelling now and has done ever since the first game.

"I think the way we started at Cefn Druids when we could have scored three or four early on, showed that we are clicking together.

"In other games we haven't started well but we have finished the game well and that is important.

"It shows the great character and togetherness there is in the side.

"I think that is a key thing within the squad, and the existing players have helped the new lads to settle in.

"We've spoken about starting games well and if we can put the two things together then we will be in for a good season I think."

The experienced midfielder believes the 1-0 win over a strong Bala side in the cup is a big confidence booster for the side, ahead of Saturday's clash at Jenner Park.

He also said the players who were given their chance at Maes Tegid have created a healthy competition for places.

He said: "The Bala win has given us a real boost.

"Obviously there were chances to both sides but those are the sort of games you need to show fight and character, and we certainly did that.

"We showed a good mindset, which shows how far we have come in the three weeks since the season started.

"It was also good to see the other lads come in and show what they can do.

"It gives competition for places and that is always health, it does well for the future and means no one will be resting on their laurels." 

It is the first time this weekend that the Robins have faced Barry for 13 years.

The last clash ended in a 3-2 defeat at Jenner Park for the Robins, but Denny is determined to make sure that isn't the case this time around.

He added: "We don't know a great deal about Barry but these are the games we need to be getting three points from.

"We've done it against teams like Cefn Druids and Carmarthen in previous weeks and it will be the same this weekend.

"It is the start of three or four games like that, with other sides who will be in around us.

"Hopefully we can start the month well with and kick on and get into double figures as soon as possible." 

Denny's move to the Welsh Premier League is the first time he has plied his trade in the Welsh system, after a successful career in the English non-league.

He has been impressed by the standard of the league so far, and believes the Robins have a real chance of getting a top six place.

Denny added: "It has been rally enjoyable so far and been different at the same time.

"I've been impressed the the standard of the league, the three sides we've played have had different styles.

"If we play like we have been we can beat anybody on our day in the league, and I believe we can get in the top six."