Ipswich Town’s Paul Digby believes he’s making big strides as a defender

Paul Digby chests down the ball during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) m

Paul Digby chests down the ball during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 09 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Paul Digby believes he is improving all the time as a defender, thanks to the guidance of Mick McCarthy and a short spell with Manchester United.

The youngster spent time training with the Red Devils in the summer before returning to Barnsley, prior to his move to the Blues, where he has been used largely as a central defender despite being able to play in the middle of midfield.

During his brief stay at Old Trafford he played alongside a host of youngsters who have since made Louis van Gaal’s first team with this, as well as working with McCarthy, helping him improve.

“I had two weeks with United. That was unbelievable. I will remember the lessons from that for the rest of my life,” Digby told the club website.

“I played in a couple of friendlies and I reckon there are eight or so of the players that I worked with there that have played for the United first-team this season - boys like [Guillermo] Varela, Marcus Rashford, Donald Love and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

“They are all good enough to play in the first-team because they work so hard. It’s inspiring to see the boys there making their debuts in the Premier League.

“I learned a lot at United and I’m doing that here as well. TC and the manager have been brilliant with me, helping me with different parts of my game.

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“They are pushing me all the time and I’m learning the role of a centre-half. The gaffer was a top centre-half and he is teaching me all the time. He is showing me the tricks of the trade. I’m loving it here.”