Chris James is not what many people would call an average young Premiership player.
Whilst like many his age, he is looking to force his way into contention for a First Team call-up, unlike many James is also a full international – regularly turning out for New Zealand.
His experience on the international stage certainly pushed him to the forefront in last season’s Reserve Team campaign.
With the Whites often lining up with a large number of young players, at 19-years of age, James was often looked to as the experienced head; something which the player himself feels was certainly a beneficial experience.
“I’ve had to take more responsibility as a player,” he told fulhamfc.com. “We’ve got to look after the younger players and try to bring them through whilst at the same time trying to make personal progress. It’s been a learning curve for players like me and it’s been a good way to develop better leadership qualities.
“The Reserves have performed pretty well over the course of the season. We’ve brought a lot of youngsters up into the team so there’s been a good balance there.”
Looking ahead to the forthcoming campaign, James is certainly aiming to continue under the head of steam he built up at the end of the 067/07 season.
“I felt as though I ended the season on a good note with some good performances,” he said. “So I’ll stay fit over the summer and try to push my cause as soon as I come back for pre-season training and get my name in the Manager’s mind.
“If I’m in a situation where I’m not knocking on the door of the First Team then I’ll hope to get out on loan.”