ANDREW VORCE - Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Cody Arnoux has had a busy start to his life in England, but the former Wake Forest Deacon insists that he is only at the beginning of his journey.
Everton first made headlines by bringing in 22-year old Anton Peterlin straight from the Premier Development League. The Merseyside club wasn't finished there, also bringing in former club mate Arnoux who chose to forego his last year at college.
"The hardest thing so far is missing my friends and family who are back in the states," Arnoux told YA. "I left a great group of guys at Wake and some of my best friends that I miss having around, so the transition has been difficult in that aspect."
While coming in young to a different culture can take its toll, having someone in his same position has helped ease the transition. The club has tried to ease not only Arnoux's transition, but also allowing Peterlin the benefits of having a countryman living in the same place.
"[Living with Peterlin] has helped a lot in the transition," Arnoux explained. "Having someone you feel comfortable with makes a load of difference in making this type of transition easier."
While the off-field issues are coming together slowly, Arnoux is focused on making himself better on the field. With a high profile summer move under his belt, the young striker is knows that this is only the beginning.
"We always have a few first team guys in and about our team getting back to fitness and what not," Arnoux said. "So the training is really good. We also train with the first team a lot so it's a good experience for someone like me to play against the likes of [Louis] Saha, [Joseph] Yobo, [Sylvain] Distin."
"The only milestone I have set for myself is to work hard and get better everyday. This year I just want to build on my experiences and grow as a player."
"As a rookie there are so many things both on and off the field that I have to get used to and my goal is to adjust to them and grow as a player and as a professional."
The California native got off to the start he was looking for - scoring on his debut. With regular appearances for the reserves, Arnoux looks to be on the right path
"Overall I'm happy with the way things have started," he reflected. "I have so much to work on and will hopefully keep improving everyday. I scored a goal against Burnley on my debut so that is one special moment that I have had while I've been over here."
"Hopefully there will be plenty more of those along the way as I go down the road."