Travel Broadens The Skill Base
Domestic football prepares you for some tricks but international football is a whole new ballgame
Hibs' Danny Handling believes gaining experience against international sides, when playing for Scotland Under-20s, will stand him in good stead as he prepares to make the breakthrough at Easter Road. Handling had scored twice before three minutes had ticked by in Scotland's first game against Cruzeiro and went on to captain the side which was knocked out of the semi-finals by Mexico. The pride in leading his side slightly marred by the fact that he missed a penalty. He was playing as a target man fro Scotland and Handling, who was on the periphery of Pat Fenlon's plans last season, found himself topping up his football education which he hopes to draw upon in the season ahead.He said: "It was a bit more challenging. I am usually more of a supporting striker but I played a different role, more of a target man so I learned a few different skills and things I should be doing in that position. (Coach) Billy (Stark) told me before the game I had to show discipline because the players you are playing against are a bit more physical and more dirty. They are niggling you and they show you a different side to the game that you don't see here so it does take a bit of discipline to get used to it. It was a great experience for myself. I enjoyed it greatly and hopefully this season I will become a first-team regular and establish myself."
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