“What my dad says, I take for gospel,” said the defender.
“If someone said I had done well, he would say you need to do this, this and this.
“He gives me compliments from time to time, but there’s still a massive amount of things I need to work on.
“He’s never been full on with the football. He was always like Sam’s got his path and I’ve got mine.
“If I do go on to play lots of games and successful, then we can look back and say that was Sam’s journey and he did it on his own.
“But he’s the biggest influence on and off the pitch for me.
“I am very fortunate to have someone like that a phone call away.
“There’s a rivalry there because I want to be potentially better than him.
“But it’s never been a hindrance. It’s always been a positive.”