Rotherham helped me mature - Bell-Baggie

Last updated : 08 June 2010 By Bigrich.....

Speaking to Getreading, the 18 year old winger spoke about playing at Wembley; "It was a really big day for me and my family and friends who were there, Not a lot of footballers get the chance to play at Wembley and especially not a lot who are my age and just starting out in the game."

"Brian McDermott came and spoke to me before the game. He said that he didn't ever get the chance to play at Wembley during his playing days. It's disappointing that we didn't win the game, but at the same time it was a massive step in my development personally to get the chance to be involved in such a big game."

"I hope I get the chance to play at Wembley again at some stage and that is something that I will be working hard for."

Abdulai explained that he found the move to South Yorkshire tough, but it helped him mature. "The first two weeks that I went to Rotherham were probably the hardest of my life, It was the first time I had ever been away from home. I had to do a lot of growing up and I feel that going to Rotherham has helped me mature as a person and also as a player." he said

"Luckily I was living with some of the other guys from the team so they made me feel at home. I would like to look at going out on loan again if it means I'm getting games," he said.

"It's something I think we will look at after pre-season though. A lot of the other guys who have come through the Academy have spent time on loan at other clubs and it's a great way of getting experience."

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