On-loan Wycombe keeper enjoying life as a number one with Canaries

PUBLISHED: 10:24 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:56 25 March 2015

Hitchin goalkeeper Charlie Horlock in front of Canaries fans. Photo: Damion Roberts

Hitchin goalkeeper Charlie Horlock in front of Canaries fans. Photo: Damion Roberts


Interview with Charlie Horlock

Charlie Horlock has been praising his Hitchin Town team-mates for making his life easier these past few weeks.

The goalkeeper, who is on loan from Sky Bet League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers, has played more than 20 games for Town and has kept four clean sheets in his last five matches.

Although Hitchin lost 2-1 at Dunstable Town on Saturday, Horlock, who turned 20 on Monday, says he is enjoying his life as a first-team keeper and is getting exactly what he came to Top Field for – games.

“It has been brilliant here, I’ve really enjoyed it,” Horlock told the Comet.

“I came out on loan to get as many games as I can and I’ve had that, I’ve played lots of consecutive games.

“I think it’s important to have a [stable] defence in front of you; you want that bit of familiarity. I’ve enjoyed playing with the likes of Ali [Alasan Ann] and Webby [Dan Webb]. There’s good chemistry there.

“They’ve also made my job a lot easier in the last few games, and as a goalkeeper that’s exactly what you want.”

Horlock trains during the week with his parent club, and then plays for Hitchin on Saturdays and on the occasional Monday evening.

He said he knew about the club from a spell he spent at Stevenage, and his relationship with Canaries boss Mark Burke has made his time at the club that more enjoyable.

“I’ve got on really well with Burky, he’s top gaffer. He’s fantastic at man management and he knows how to get the best out of people, he knows how to talk to them,” Horlock said.

“While I’ve been here I’ve learnt how to be a number one. Last year I was quite young and I was on the bench at Wycombe, and I wanted to get out there on loan.

“I’ve been on loan with Hendon and Harrow, but Hitchin has been my personal favourite.”

Horlock also praised the club’s fight to save Top Field from redevelopment, which has been ongoing during his period at the club.

“I want to congratulate them on the campaign as I know how much effort was put into saving it,” he said.

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