Ambitious D'Ath aims high with promotion-chasing Grecians
Lawson D'Ath has declared that he is targeting automatic promotion with Exeter City this season, after arriving from Reading on a one-month loan deal last week.
The 20-year-old midfielder described his move to St James' Park as the perfect deal as it gives him the chance to play games as well as achieve some success at the end of the term. "That is what every professional footballer wants. They want success, they want something to play for and we have got that here," he said.
The former Yeovil Town loan signing added: "Exeter definitely stand a good chance of pushing for those three automatic promotion places [in npower League Two]. We will take it one game at a time, and if we keep winning you never know where we will go."
D'Ath's move to St James' Park came about after former Exeter manager Eamonn Dolan was put in caretaker charge of Reading. The midfielder admitted it was an easy decision for him to make after listening to how highly Dolan spoke of his former club.
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"Eamonn Dolan rang me up and said that Exeter had come in for me and it was a good place for me to go as I was going to get games," D'Ath explained.
"Eamonn has always spoken highly of Exeter and they are going for promotion so it is the perfect loan to, be honest.
"I just want to play football, at the end of the day. I haven't had the best of seasons, with picking up an injury while on loan at Cheltenham earlier in the season. I just want to kick on."
D'Ath got his City career off to the perfect start last Saturday as he scored, and picked up the man-of-the-match award, in the Grecians' 4-1 win over Bradford City. He said the victory was massive as it will give the team confidence going into the final seven games of the season.
"I'm absolutely buzzing. I think I was in debt, to be honest, because I scored for Cheltenham against Exeter [in October] and I'm glad I got that one out of the way and now I can focus on getting more for the team.
"I would say I am a goalscorer. I wouldn't want to put any extra pressure on myself, but that is something I look for in my game. If I'm not scoring, I come off the pitch disappointed."
City manager Paul Tisdale was also delighted with D'Ath's contribution last Saturday and added that he sees the player as a ready-made replacement for Matt Oakley, who was ruled out for the season after dislocating his shoulder in last week's 0-0 draw with Gillingham.
"He may be young, but he plays exactly the same type of game and is a good fit for what we want," Tisdale said.
"I honestly can't say whether he will be with us any longer than a month, though. That depends on the club, the player and Reading.
"There are three parties that have to be satisfied so it is far too early for me to say, really," the City boss added.
Exeter added another midfielder to their squad yesterday when they borrowed Anton Rodgers from Championship club Brighton and Hove Albion. The 20-year-old will stay with the Grecians until the end of the season.
The son of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, City's newcomer began his career with Chelsea and has featured regularly for the Seagulls' Under-21 side this season in the Professional Development League. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland at up to Under-19 level.