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Arter discusses non-league inspiration

11th October 2018, 11:25 by Jack Ogalbe

On-loan Cardiff midfielder Harry Arter has revealed how Jimmy Dack played a significant role in his rise to the top.

The midfielder suffered the heartache of being released by Charlton at 19 but a drop out of the Football League pyramid did wonders for him, spending time at Woking before moving on to Bournemouth.

Arter has been loaned to Cardiff this term and has fought back from his earlier disappointment to make 76 Premier League appearances, as well as play for the Republic of Ireland.

The 28-year-old says the assistant boss at Woking, Dack, who he first came into contact with on loan from the Addicks at Welling, played a key role in his development.

When quizzed ahead of Non-League Day by the Premier League website, the Sidcup-born star admitted the former Newport boss gave him the belief he would eventually make it.

"I wouldn't say I was ready to give up because I love football that much," he said. "But with the professional side of the game, I started to doubt myself.

"I doubted that I had a chance of getting back to the level that I definitely thought I would have been at when I was 15 or 16.

"Jimmy just gave me that love of the game again. He worked hard with me on the training pitch after training. He gave me that belief.

"I still speak to him regularly now. He’s someone who, at grassroots level, was key for me being where I am today."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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