Teenager not resting on his laurels
He said: “It’s been a long pre-season, but it was time that we needed to get fit and prepare for what’s ahead.
But, despite producing some assured performances, Whatmough knows there is still plenty for him to do.
He made 12 appearances last term after breaking into the senior side during Andy Awford’s first spell as caretaker boss in November.
It was the first time the 17-year-old defender prepared for a new campaign as a first team player.
Pre-season was a new experience for Jack Whatmough.
“I’ve worked hard because I know I’m joining up with more experienced players now. It’s been difficult, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge.
“It’s going to be tough to get into the side because we’ve got a lot of people who can play at centre-back, especially with Paul Robinson arriving.
“I’m still learning and I’ve got a lot of improving to do, but towards the end of last season I was growing more confident. I felt like I did well when I played.
“But it’s good to have those experienced guys to learn from. They can help me as a 17-year-old to improve my game.”
The Gosport teenager said: “The manager has helped me a lot because he knows how I play and what I can do.
Whatmough’s progress has been helped by working with Awford and current first team coaches Paul Hardyman and Alan McLoughlin in the academy.
“I haven’t just been chucked into it – it’s more a continuation of the work I’ve done for the last two years.
Now Whatmough will be looking to continue his rapid progression by featuring in the season opener at St James Park this Saturday.
“I’ve had a good four or five years with all three of them and that’s been great for me.” He said: “Everyone’s looking forward to the first game, although we know Exeter will be tough opponents. Hopefully we can start with a win.”