Dan Deal

Dan Powell of Plymouth Albion takes the ball on and goes over for a try during the National League One Match between Ampthill and Plymouth Albion  on December 3 at Dillingham Park in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.
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By Haden Tye

Dan Powell has signed a new one-year-deal that will keep him at Brickfields next season – a year in which Albion’s full-back hopes to spend as an established part of an Albion side that win promotion.

19-year-old Dan joined in the summer from Exmouth and spent some time back on loan there at the start of the year, but has managed to break into an Albion side that have won 11 consecutive games and he is hoping for more of the same next season.

“My personal goal for next year would be to cement my starting position in the first team,” said Dan. “[Our goal] as a team is to kick on from this year and hopefully get promoted. Hopefully I will get some more game time and cement myself in the team.

“We have got all the right things in place. Kieran has been great with the boys. This year has been fantastic. Hopefully we can take the momentum from the end of this season, winning 11 from 11 and hopefully kick on. All the boys believe we can do it, so if we have belief then, why not?

“It’s been really good, I have really enjoyed all the game time. I went on loan back to Exmouth at the start of the year for a few weeks but I think that made it better, in fact. I got some confidence coming back into the Plymouth side and then I have been involved since, so it has been really good to get some game time and I have learned a lot being outside Kieran Hallett. It’s been really good.”

Albion will be one of the favourites to win the league next season, but Dan says that they won’t let the expectancy weigh down on them too much and will take it a game at a time in their pursuit for promotion.

“I think we will just focus on it week by week really. We are not looking into it too much. We keep reminding ourselves yes we have won 11 from 11, but don’t over think it. Each week is a new challenge. Obviously the other week we went to Macclesfield and just scraped it at the end, so every game can be a challenge. But hopefully next year we will be the one to beat.”

Dan has been playing full-back in recent weeks for Albion, but much like many of the Albion players, he has played a few roles throughout the season. Despite full-back being his favoured role, the Albion youngster says he is happy to play in any position, so long as he is playing.

“I have been back at full-back the last three weeks,” said Dan. “Which is where I was last year for Exmouth and that is where I prefer to play and feel most at home really. I really enjoy being at the centre as well and learning knew positions that add strings to my bow. As long as I am playing I am not too fussed, but full-back would be my preferred position.”