Will Steadman

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Position: Centre Back/ Midfield
DoB: 21st February 1980  Age: 23
Birthplace: Dagenham, London.

Will Steadman (Pic: Tony Hickey)
Pic: Tony Hickey

City Career
Transfer Details: Re-signed on 20th March 2000 on a free transfer from Cinderford Town after impressing Callinan in a reserve outing.
City Debut: vs. Ch@#tenham Town (h) GSCC Final, 6th May '97, Lost 2-1 (as sub).
1996/7: 1(1) Apps, 0 Goals
1997/8: 32(12) Apps, 0 Goals
1998/9: 11(2) Apps, 0 Goals
1999/0: 7 Apps, 0 Goals
2000/1: 41(12) Apps, 1 Goal
2001/2: 35(1) Apps, 0 Goals
2002/3: 44(3) Apps, 1 Goal
2003/4: 3(3) Apps, 0 Goals
Totals: 174(34) Apps, 2 Goals

Previous Clubs: Gloucester City, Cinderford Town, Gloucester City, Cinderford Town, Shortwood United

Honours: Gloucestershire u-18s, South-West u-18s.

Pen Pic: At his best Will is a top quality defender who can play with great assurance, using his strength and pace to entirely close forwards out of the game. He is however prone to frustrating lapses in concentration that can infuriate fans and have probably so far stopped him making the progress in the game his talents would seem to merit. Will uses the ball well from defence and has the ability to make strong runs from the back when given the chance, however at times he either overplays or settles for the agricultural clearance into the stand. Despite still having more to learn there is no doubt Will has certainly improved during the last season and has turned in a couple of really good displays that suggest some of his confidence is gradually returning. 
Unfortunately Will missed the whole of September 2003 through a suspension picked up when sent off playing for Gloucester United last Spring and this probably was a factor in the decision to release him in early October with Will since returning to Cinderford. While the decision to release him is understood to have been purely for financial reasons it was handled badly and has left any possible return to City unlikely in the near future.

Will SteadmanWill started off with the City youth team where he had a good goal scoring record, sadly not yet continued in his adult career. Graduated to a first team contract and regular starting role at City under Leroy Rosenior having impressed in the youth team. His consistent solid performances and smooth distribution earnt him trials at both Chelsea and Coventry City. Will looked much less comfortable when asked to play at full back, and fell out of favour when Brian Hughes replaced Rosenior. Steadman headed for the Forest to find first team football, but found himself in and out of the side again at The Causeway and his confidence took a hammering as he filled in roles all across the park.  Returned to City having had a decidedly wobbly 16 month period with Cinderford Town under John Murphy. After several seasons of mediocrity the arrival of Chris Burns seems to be helping him which is a great relief to fans as his ready smile makes Will one of the most cheerful and popular players at the club. 

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