Meet the players – Tommy Conway

Tommy Conway joined Bath City in pre-season on a season-long loan deal from Championship side Bristol City. The 18-year-old forward, along with defender James Taylor, followed a well trodden path from Ashton Gate to Twerton Park after the likes of Sam Pearson, James Morton and Antoine Semenyo enjoyed temporary spells with the club. We caught up with Tommy after he marked his debut with a brace of goals, including opening his account inside 90 seconds in the 3-2 Emirates FA Cup win over visitors Winchester City…

Can you tell Bath City fans a little bit about your career to date?
“I’ve been at Bristol City since the age of 7 and have come right through the academy. Last season I spent time on loan at Yate, then recently signed my first professional contract. And now I’m at Bath.”

How did your loan to City come about? Was the plan always to go out on loan to this level this year?
“The aim was always to make a step up from last year maybe even two. There were a few clubs interested but Bath was the one which I and the club felt was best for my development at this time.”

How do you juggle training with City and your time at Bristol City?
“I train individually with Bristol City on Mondays and Fridays and with Bath on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”

How have you settled into the club so far?
“I’ve settled in well and got to know all the players. They have all taken to me really well and I’m looking forward to getting to know them more and more as the season goes on. “

Do you know many of your teammates, presumably you would have played with and against some at youth level with Bristol City?
“I’ve known Callum Watts for a long time; even when I was 6 years old we played district and county teams together as well. I obviously know Tom Richards from Bristol City U23s and I know of Jack Batten when he was at the club.”

How would you describe yourself as a player?
“I would describe myself as a player who loves to score goals and work hard for the team, I like to link the play and hold the ball up for my team mates.”

What personal and team targets do you have this season?
“For me this season would be to get 20 goals and for the team to get them promoted.”

Finally, you must have enjoyed your début, stepping into the National League South, are you confident you can score goals at this level?
“I’m confident that with the players around me, and if I keep working hard, I can score goals at this level, yes.”