2 March 2024
As we look ahead to tomorrow night’s U23s clash with St Albans City, we caught up with full-back Rhys Wyborn who has continued to impress for the youngsters this season.
On top of that, Wyborn has also taken up a new role at the club as Community Coach as he joins up with our Community Sports Trust team.
Starting with his role on the pitch, the left-back described himself as a ‘very energetic player who likes to impact the game whether that be going forward or defending.’
“I feel like I have good vision in my game with a good eye for passing and delivering the ball whether that be dead-ball situations or in-play.
“I like to deliver early crosses into the box and try to pick up goals and assists along the way.”
Before arriving at Hayes Lane, Wyborn described his path before Bromley:
“Before I joined Bromley, I was in the Football League Academy system for seven years. I then moved to Bromley as I thought it would be a great place to improve as a player and also grow as a person.
“That said, I joined the Academy where I played for the Under 18s and was involved in the previous two seasons of the FA Youth Cup.
“I was on the bench in the first season before playing every FAYC game in the second which then allowed me to progress into the U23s.”
Wyborn and the U23s are currently top of the league going into Friday night’s game after narrowly missing out on the title last year and the full-back is impressed with how his side have started this campaign:
“I think we have started well. I think there has been some games where we haven’t performed to the levels we expect to be.
“However, we have been working really hard, especially after the managerial transition. We’ve been working hard on the training pitch, putting in the work and the results are starting to pay off.”
The managerial transition within the U23s saw Steve Aris promoted to the First Team coaching staff, meaning U14s boss, Lucas Gatti took the reins:
“The transition, in my opinion, has been good. Obviously it’s expected to take time, but I feel like we’ve all learnt from Lucas and I think he’s learnt from us too.
“He’s got a lot of knowledge on the game after playing at a higher level. He knows what we can do in order to improve as players.
“The relationship between Lucas and us as the players has been really good so far and that’s showing on the pitch as we’re starting to implement his ideas.”
As mentioned before, Wyborn has been a key part in our recent FA Youth Cup success and with a new batch of talent looking ahead to next weekend’s Round Two tie with Ipswich, he said:
“My advice for the next lot of players playing in the Youth Cup is to enjoy it as it comes and goes very quickly.
“Take every game as it comes. With it being a cup competition, every game will throw you a new challenge and you have to try and overcome that during the game and stay focused.
“My strongest piece of advice is back yourself against any team in the country whether it’s a Championship team like Reading last year or Forest Green or Portsmouth.
“Recent years have shown that the gap between Bromley and those higher up isn’t that big.”
Wyborn’s recent success has also seen him gain plenty of experience within the senior environment, training with the First Team:
“It’s obviously a privilege and I’m alway grateful to have the chance to train or play with the First Team.
“It’s a great learning curve training with such experienced players and they’re always so good when giving advice.
“It gives yourself that extra bit of confidence to make that big step from the U23s to the First Team.”
Away from on-pitch roles, Wyborn has decided to take on a new job at Bromley FC, becoming a Community Coach for our Trust:
“The new coaching job is great and I’m very grateful to the Community Trust for giving me that opportunity.
“The Community team have welcomed me so well, treated me nicely and settled me in brilliantly.
“Being able to give back to the Community is vitally important and to be able to help kids who are in the same position I was in when I was younger gives me a lot of joy.”
Click here to take a look at what our Trust has to offer and who knows, your child could be coached by Rhys too…
Attentions now firmly turn to tomorrow night’s game against St Albans (you can purchase your tickets here) and Rhys is urging you all to come and support the boys:
“For anyone who is debating whether or not to come down on Friday night, I urge you all to come and watch.
“Having that support is always beneficial to us and I personally feel the U23s play entertaining football. It gives fans the chance to see players who could potentially become future stars at the club.”