At the beginning of 2014, Jeremy Balmy’s time with Notts County looked likely to come to an end in the summer but a change in mentality has seen him earn a new contract at Meadow Lane.
Following talks with manager Shaun Derry, Balmy upped his work rate in training and accepted the demands required to succeed in English football.
The forward excelled in second-string fixtures and deservedly fought his way into the manager’s plans for the 2014.15 Sky Bet League 1 campaign.
“He said that I’ve proved that I can train with the first team but now I need to prove that I can play a lot of games with the first team,” Balmy told Magpie Player.
“I’ve trained a lot of times this summer and I am ready for this season and I want to play this year.
“I want to be the best, I want to prove that I can play for my family so I’ll do my best in every game and every time I train.
“I wasn’t in the gaffer’s plans because I didn’t go to the war when I trained but I changed my mind.
“I need to be stronger, I need to go to the war, squeezing and chasing and I think that I’m better than before.
“He talked to me when he came in and he explained to me that if I want to play I need to prove myself every time, run more than other people and do my best every time.”
He continued: “If I play, I want to score, assist and help the team - I hope that I can play this season because I want to show that I am a good player.”
Notts are in pre-season action for the first time on Wednesday evening against Arnold Town at the Eagle Valley Stadium (7.30pm kick-off).
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