James aiming to stake Blues claim

James Organ-Simpson in action for Whitby Town against South Shields
James Organ-Simpson in action for Whitby Town against South Shields

Former Fishburn Park winger James Organ-Simpson is determined to make an impression with Whitby Town.

The 23-year-old, who has jumped five levels from the Teesside League to the Evo-Stik Premier Division, played 45 minutes in the Blues’ opening pre-season friendly against South Shields on Saturday.

And although he operated in an unfamilar position, Organ-Simpson says he enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to showing manager Chris Hardy exactly what he can do in games to come.

“First and foremost, I really enjoyed the South Shields match. I was a bit nervous beforehand, but as soon as we went out on the pitch to warm up I was fine,” he said.

“I’m not really used to playing as a right wing-back, but I was fairly pleased with how I did.

“I’d play in goal if they asked me, I don’t mind what position I’m put in, I’ll just try and do a job for the team.

“It’s taking some getting used to playing at this standard, it’s much quicker than what I’ve experienced previously, but I’m determined to show that I’m good enough.”

Saturday’s appearance against the Mariners was not his first in a Town shirt following a brief substitute outing under previous boss Darren Williams in a friendly against Hamilton Academical in July 2014.

Organ-Simpson didn’t feature again for the club, but having impressed current gaffer Hardy during an open trial earlier this summer, the former Eskdale School pupil feels he is better equipped to stake a claim for a place in the Blues’ squad this time around.

“I went down off my own back last time and only got 15 minutes in one game, by which point I think Darren Williams already had his squad worked out,” he added.

“I’m a better player now though, I’ve had a couple of good seasons for Fishburn Park where I’ve scored a lot of goals from midfield and I feel much sharper in general.

“I’ve been given an opportunity to prove that I can play at this level and I’m aiming to show that in the coming games.”

Organ-Simpson’s next challenge comes in the shape of a Middlesbrough XI who visit the Turbull Ground on Wednesday evening, 7.45pm kick-off.

“I’m looking forward to the Boro game but I know it’s going to be a big challenge,” he continued.

“South Shields were a good side but I imagine the pace of this match will be even quicker.

“I reckon that they will have plenty of possession and I will have to get behind the ball and do some defending, so tactically I will have to brush up on what I need to be doing.”