THEY were known as the Class of 92 – and now Elliot Watt can’t believe he’s learning a lesson from them.
Former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Watt has spent the season at Salford City, where Manchester United greats Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs are joined.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed benefiting from their experience and knowledge but admits he still has to pinch himself.
Watt said, “You see Gary off and on early in the season, but he’s stepped down from his role as general manager and Nicky Butt has taken over.”
“Ryan is out two or three times a week and Scholesy is there maybe every two weeks because he’s busy scouting and recruiting.
“It’s great that you can have a coffee or chat with them.
“It’s strange to think that they are Premier League and Champions League winners.
“They’ve played all these games but if you sit down and chat with them, they’re just normal northern lads who enjoy football and are dying for Salford to do well.
“At first you’re amazed at who they are, then you realize they’re normal and you can always go and have a chat. They’re really massive there.
“We had a couple of meetings with everyone at the club early in the season and the big message they gave was that they were approachable no matter the time or situation.
“They are there to help and they care about us as people and not just numbers doing a job. I should probably be more concerned about them, especially Paul with the position he played and the position I play. But you don’t want to appear overly eager.
“I’ve watched enough to know how well they played and you only have to read quotes about Paul from the likes of Xavi and Pep Guardiola who complimented him and said he was the best midfielder in the world.
“He’s sitting with me having coffee and I’m like, ‘What the hell am I talking to Paul Scholes about?'”
Watt, who has one year left on his contract, was named Player of the Year after he had a League Two best this season with 15 assists.
He won three caps for the U21s at the 2018 Toulon tournament.
Watt added: “When I stopped making rosters, my main focus was how I could come back because that was the peak of my level at the time.”
“Unfortunately it didn’t happen but making my debut for the senior team is a goal I will always have until I either make it or retire.”
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