SGORIO reporter Nicky John has been getting to know some of the players and managers within the Welsh Premier league to get an insight into what makes them tick! This week, Nicky speaks to our own Chris Budrys.
The end of the season is approaching, are you content with second place?
Regardless of the outcome at the end, we have achieved what we set out to do at the start of the season.
We are playing European football, we attempted to push TNS to the last few games and we made progress on last season.
The club see it as winning our own league as TNS are the only full-time club. Everyone associated with Airbus UK feels proud of what we have achieved again this year.
As you mentioned, European football for a second consecutive season is an exciting prospect?!
It’s a great achievement to be back in Europe after last year, especially to have it wrapped up at this stage with so many games left.
What has been your highlight of the season so far?
Securing European football again is up there, but going 12 games without losing at the start of the season also has to have a mention.
What’s your earliest football memory?
Watching Scotland play Finland in the old Hampden Park in 1995. Scotland won 1-0.
Most exciting match you’ve ever been to see?
Watching Stoke City beat Bolton 5-0 in the semi-final of the FA cup in 2011. Great atmosphere, great game.
How does the Welsh Premier compare with your experiences of playing elsewhere?
I think playing the same team four times in a season has been the major factor which I’ve had to get used to.
Regarding the standard of football, it seems to be fairly similar to the leagues I’ve played in before, although playing at home is a bigger advantage considering the distances you have to travel to some away games.
Which of your team mates do you most admire?
All of them for putting up with Ryan Wade in the changing room!
Who’s best company on a night out?!
Glenn Rule, he’s there till the end.
Favourite away trip in the Welsh Premier League?
It’s got to be TNS as it’s a good test to see how good we are, especially on their 3G pitch.
Most impressive individual you’ve come up against this season?
Geoff Kellaway – in the two games we have played against Aberystwyth he has caused us all sorts of problems.
If you could step into the boots of any footballer for a day, who would you choose?!
Any Premier League player to experience playing in the Premiership.
Do you have any match day superstitions?!
Not really, but I do try to keep my routine the same on the night before and on the day of the game.
What’s your day job?
I teach Physical Education in an Academy in Stoke-On-Trent
Tell us a random a fact about yourself.
The surname Budrys is Lithuanian and is equivalent to the surname Brown.
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