“You just enjoy it here” – Dwade James

Before training on Thursday evening Aaron Connolly sat down with the top scorer from last season to chat about what it’s like being a local boy, Why he opted to stay in favour of a move elsewhere and what it’s like to play under the management of Ryan Maxwell.

What did you learn coming from Leyton to Walthamstow?

I’ve learnt a lot about being a striker since my move. I used to rely on natural talent to score the goals but since coming to Walthamstow, Ryan has helped me with his wisdom and helping me with the techniques of a forward player. I think it’s been a good move so far and my game has improved as a whole.

What helped you in your decision to stay?

Yes, it’s no secret that I was offered more money in leagues higher but Ryan is one reason why I stuck around for another season. I’ve improved so much with his coaching and I know I can improve even more. I live in Walthamstow so it’s right on my doorstep and you’ve just got to enjoy it here especially with the great fans this club has.

What are your aspirations as a player?

I want to reach as high as possible. There are around 8-9 leagues ahead of us to reach the Premier League and that strives me on to be the best I can. I want to play football full-time so this is only the start.

What is it like being from Walthamstow and representing the team?

It’s amazing to represent my team especially with me being a local boy. It means a lot, even if it doesn’t come across that way.

What is it like playing under a manager like Ryan Maxwell?

Ryan is very passionate and what he does behind the scenes is the really Walthamstow are where they are. He’s personally helped me a lot and he’s coached me well. I’ve enjoyed playing under his manager so much and I excited to see what the team can do.

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