Focus on: Jamie Petrie

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Nicky John

Nicky John

Monday, 18 Nov 2013, 09:30

Sgorio reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers in Welsh Premier League to get an insight into what makes them tick!

This week Nicky chats to Bangor City winger, Jamie Petrie.

Three months into the new season, how are you settling into life at Bangor City?
Really well thanks. It was a big decision to move on from Gap Connah’s Quay as I loved it there. We have a lot of new players so it’s not just me that has had to settle in.

I’m really enjoying it, I think we are really starting to gel and improve now which will hopefully continue to be reflected in our results!

There are some great characters at the club – there must be a fair bit of banter between you all in the dressing room?!
Yeah it’s none stop to be fair! Most of it tends to revolve around Jamie McDaid! We’ve recently had our first team night out too, so enough stories have come out of that to last us a couple of weeks!

Which of your team-mates do you most admire on the pitch?
It’s got to be Johnno (Michael Johnston), you have got to have some serious guts to casually throw those Cruyff turns in your own 18 yard box! Plays with a massive cigar in his mouth!

What has been your highlight so far this season? Do you think the league is more competitive this year?
My Sgorio highlight was in the first half of our game against Prestatyn when you filmed Dec Walker face planting straight into the turf with nobody anywhere near him!!

But yes, I think the league is getting tougher every year. There are no easy games and with only having 12 teams in the league, it’s so tight, one week you can be in the top half then a few bad results you could find yourself in the bottom two!

What does Jamie Petrie do when he’s not playing football?
If you were asking that on a night out I could do anything ranging from….fisherman, space cadet, zookeeper, or ex Milkybar kid living off the royalties…

I enjoy doing pretty standard stuff really, I’ve just bought a house though so currently spending most of my time doing DIY!

How do you get prepared on matchday?
Even home games involve quite a bit of travelling so normally I have some cereal and a black coffee, then stuff my face full of haribo on the way there!

What is your favourite venue to play at away from home, and why?!
I tend to rank it in the standard of the toilets so….

1. Carmarthen (new changing rooms!)
2. Gap Connahs Quay
3. Airbus UK
4. TNS
5. Newtown
6. Rhyl
7. Afan Lido
8. Bala
9. Aberystwyth
10. Prestatyn
11. Port Talbot

Who is your football idol?
David Beckham. No one will ever have a better career…..or life…than him!!

What was your first football kit as a child?
One of those fake United kits you used to get in a box, where your mum had to sew the badge of for you!

What are your hopes and goals for the rest of the season?
I hope to finish as high as we can in the league and to personally keep improving as a player.