Verge Meets: Charles Hagan

Charles Hagan is a young and talented footballer who recently signed to football team ‘Sheffield Wednesday’. Ever since then he has made his mark on the team and his football career. We got the chance to have a chat with Charles Hagan to learn more about his life as footballer.

Growing up what inspired you to play football?

I’ve always loved playing football as kid. I grew up playing in the playground everyday at break times and lunch. If we weren’t playing football then we were talking about it. I guess when you do or talk about something so much, it eventually becomes part of you.

What footballers do you take influences from in your style of play?

There are many footballers that influence me but the players that I’d say influence me the most from my style of play is Kylian Mbappe and Gareth Bale.

What position do you play? And for our non-football fans could you explain what the role of that position is?

I play anywhere in the attacking third but my main position is right winger. My role is basically to cause problems for the oppositions defence whether it’s to get assists, goals or to just be a threat.

What has been the most challenging thing that you have faced over the years in regards to football?

The most challenging thing has to be the amount of sacrifices I’ve had to make during the years. Things like giving up a lot of my social life, revision time and just time to do things like playing Fifa. However the biggest sacrifice I had to make was leaving all my friends and family to move up to Sheffield.

What do you hope to accomplish at your current team Sheffield Wednesday?

My aim is to play regular first team football and if possible help the team promote into the premier league.

What do you hope to accomplish in your football career?

The goal is to work my way up into a premier league side and hopefully play in the Champions League and World Cup some day. 

Growing up what was your favourite club?

My favourite club was always Manchester United. They had the likes of Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes. They were just an inspiration. 

When faced with “big” games how do you deal with the pressure?

Everyone has their own different ways of dealing with pressure. I like to listen to music to help me prepare for the game. I also like to meditate for a short period to help my calm my nerves. Ultimately, I pray to God to help calm my mind.

From a player’s perspective how important and why is it to have a good relationship with your coach?

I think it’s important to have a good relationship with your coach because one thing I’ve learnt in football is that impressions count. By having a good relationship with your coach, it will ensure that the coach will trust you in their team and you can trust the coach to help take you to where you want to go. 

What would you view as your greatest footballing achievement so far?

My greatest achievement has to be getting signed to a professional club as I know there are millions of kids that would love to be where I am. 

How do you balance your social life with your football career?

 As I said before, it’s always been difficult but luckily football isn’t a 24 hour sport so I tend to focus the morning and afternoons of my days on football and relax and get some ‘me’ time during the evenings.

What advice would you give to aspiring footballers on how to make it professional?

Stay humble and hungry. Everyone has their own reasons as to why they want to be a professional. Take it and use that to fuel your hunger. Always work to improve and try strengthen not on your physical and tactical ability but your mental ability aswell.