Cahill - I'm still learning

Last updated : 04 January 2008 By Bigrich.....
The youngster was signed during the summer from Matlock Town after showing potential for Matlock and Sheffield Uni before then.

However after signing for the Millers Tom needed a cartlidge operation on his knee and has since failed to make an impact on the first team.

Boss Mark Robins admitted that Tom had found it tough; Speaking to the Advertiser Robbo said: "This season has been a bit of a culture shock for Tom. He came in from non-league and got injured and he's found it difficult."

"He'll have his work cut out at Altrincham because they are near the bottom and it's a physical league, but it will do him good and hopefully it will do
Altrincham good as well. At the moment it is difficult to give him opportunities here." he added.

Despite his lack of chances so far at Millmoor, Cahill is still hopefull that he can forge a career at Millmoor after spurning the chance to go to America with scholarship.

He said: "I've played non-league football since the age of 16 so I can deal with the physical aspect of it. It's taken time for me to get used to the strain on your legs of training every day and the quality, positioning and movement is so much better at league level. I'm having to learn that but I feel I'm getting there slowly but surely."

"It's fantastic being involved at a professional club. It's the best life in the world, You get to play football every morning and you just can't put a price on it. Being a professional footballer is a dream I've had since I was knee high."

"I've been involved in schools of excellence and so on and I'd almost given it up. I've been at university and picked up money in non-league and thought I
would do that until my mid-30s. Now I want to make the most of my second chance."

"With respect, a lot of the lads here have played football all their lives and take it for granted. This time last year I was in a library somewhere, so I think I bring a bit of realism."

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