Start to Heslam Park career has been a dream for lock Weller
SURPRISED second row Si Weller admits he has fulfilled a 'pipe dream' by featuring in the National League this season.
The 28-year-old lock had only expected to have been on the fringes of the Greens' first-team having made the move from Grimsby to Heslam Park during the summer.
But since forcing his way onto the bench at the end of October, following some decent displays for the club's second team, the Stags, Weller has become a regular in the starting XV.
Though he admits it has taken some time to adjust to the step up, he is now focusing on a strong closing half to the campaign.
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"To be honest, with coming from three levels below, I was just hoping to have had maybe a couple of games in the first team up to Christmas," said Weller, a former skipper of Grimsby, who play in Midlands Three East (North).
"It's really nice to have been in there regularly for the past month or so.
"It's been hard work. Pre-season was a bit of a shock to the system as we started a couple of weeks earlier than some of the team, but everyone has made it a lot easier.
"At Scunthorpe there's four or five coaches that work on individual aspects of your game, so any issues I've had I've seen somebody in particular who has helped me improve the particular skills set that needed to.
"The speed of the game at this level is unreal. That's been the hardest thing to adjust to.
"I've never been a very pacy player, but my decision-making time has had to increase during play, otherwise you just get left behind and the opposition will run rings around you.
"With everybody around me being at that level already, it makes it a bit easier.
"There are much less mistakes made at this level, so you're not having to mop up other errors at least.
"Playing regularly with the rest of the first team naturally helps lift you to their standard."
Weller moved to Scunthorpe on the back of five seasons at Springfield Road.
He is based in Grimsby, but his early experiences in the sport come from much further afield, in Cornwall, where he played for Newport Hornets.
The Greens dropped back into the National Three Midlands relegation zone on the back of their loss at high-fliers South Leicester last weekend, but like his coach and team-mates, Weller remains unconcerned.
"We're not worried, not at all," continued the second row, who will be part of the Scunthorpe squad that tackles Sandbach on Saturday.
"We've got a few big games coming up, but South Leicester are one of the most forward-orientated teams in the league and they didn't push us off every ball. We competed.
"I've never played with backs as good as we've got at Scunthorpe. We've got some of the best in the league.
"I don't think there's any need to be worried at all. We've definitely got a few more wins in us.
"One result will move us up a few places and if it comes on Saturday, Sandbach will maybe start to look over their shoulders."