"A big achievement."

A young shot-stopper blessed with masses of potential, Josh Mazfari links up with Carl Jarrett’s squad as the sixth acquisition of a busy summer transfer window.

Keen to take on a new challenge, the 19-year-old spoke to Head of Media Ash Stone, discussing his loan move to the Redcar seafront, and life as a professional footballer at Hartlepool United.

First signing professional terms with Huddersfield Town, Josh regularly impressed between the sticks for the Terriers’ Under-19s, twice departing on work experience loans before making the permanent switch to Hartlepool United.

Now returning to the Northern League following a short stint with title-unfortunates, Shildon, Josh proclaimed his Redcar move ‘a big achievement,’ confessing his high hopes for the coming campaign.

“It’s a big achievement for me, personally.” He said.

“Obviously, the players that have been brought in so far, and the players that were here last season… it’s a really, really great group of lads. I’ve actually played against most of them.

“There’s a lot of experienced players here that have done a lot of great things in this league, and the leagues above, so I think we will do really well this season.”

Arriving on loan from National League outfit Hartlepool United, Josh had high praise for his parent club, describing the experience as almost surreal.

Quizzed about life as a professional footballer at Pools, the young shot-stopper commented: “It’s been really interesting at Hartlepool.”

“It’s always nice to play with people that have been a lot higher than you in the professional game.

“It’s really honourabale, really, to be called a professional footballer, and to have that reputation on your back.

“The players that I’ve trained with, the sheer quality of them, is really, really good. 

“It’s helped me, especially in this division, coming up against grown men. The standard is ridiculous.”

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