“I realized from this tough 12 months”, Lea Siliki confides after his mortgage to Middlesbrough

Again in Rennes after a mortgage that he himself considers “difficult”, James Lea Siliki now aspires to a brand new mission. The midfielder returns to RMC Sport this 12 months on the opposite facet of the Channel the place he is not going to have typically seen Championship grounds with Middlesbrough. A season that can have served to alter him and make him a unique participant.

James, how was your season?

I need to bear in mind one thing constructive regardless of my brief enjoying time. It was my first expertise overseas, in a rustic centered on soccer. I arrived in an excellent locker room however sportingly it was extra difficult. The choice was a bit duplicated, with durations when there have been membership matches on the identical time. Over the last rally with the choice, we modified coaches. The crew did nicely and once I got here again I used to be sidelined. However this expertise made me study myself and the way I responded to a tough state of affairs.

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Why did you by no means come again to the crew?

The membership would have appreciated me to disregard sure choices. I did not need to as a result of there was the CAN. Then the change of coach was deadly. It was difficult then. However I’ve nothing to reproach myself for, I’ve at all times been skilled. I solely need to take the constructive and what I realized.

How did you expertise it?

With frustration. I feel I had the qualities to play, to convey to the crew. However as I stated, it allowed me to work on myself too. I didn’t transfer, I used to be irreproachable. I performed with the U23s and the coach can solely inform you constructive issues about my habits. Then there was the CAN this season, it was a really sturdy second too.

You do not remorse going to England while you had a concrete lead in Spain?

It is best to by no means remorse. It’s a selection that I assume and an expertise that I’ll maintain as constructive. I repeat it however it is crucial. I wished to go there, no one imposed it on me. Then I come again as a bodily completely different participant. I’ve expanded in quantity, in high-intensity races. There are good sides on this mortgage.

Has your sport advanced?

Sure. I often give suggestions on the periods to my brother and daily I inform him that I am working (laughs). We solely do this however we find yourself getting used to it as a result of the Championship is a really intense championship. I gained muscle too, however surprisingly I received thinner.

What way of thinking are you in now?

I’m revengeful. I need to put these final two difficult years behind me. I’ve no regrets however I need to present that it is over. I grew up, matured… I need to put the person that I’m absolutely built-in into his occupation. Solely the sphere speaks. I do know I can get again to my greatest degree.

Interview by Loïc Tanzi

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