Notts County's latest signing is looking forward to getting some regular game time under his belt at Meadow Lane...
New signing Will Hayhurst felt that he needed to be playing more regular first team football at this stage in his career, which was a driving force behind his decision to leave Preston North End, where he had come through the youth ranks.
Hayhurst put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract at Meadow Lane this week, after Notts agreed a deal with Preston to secure his signing, and the 20-year-old is looking forward to the challenge that awaits him here at his new club.
“I’ve been at Preston a long time and it was obviously hard to leave, being my hometown club, but I feel like it’s the stage of my career, 20 years old, I need to play games regularly and I felt like Notts County’s a great opportunity and I feel like it will be a good move for me.
“I kind of wanted to go out on loan and get some games, but then I heard of a permanent and I was excited, so hopefully I can do well and it’s a good future for me.”
Hayhurst took part in his first training session with Notts on Tuesday and he said that Manager Shaun Derry had been a welcoming presence when he arrived at Meadow Lane.
“As soon as I came in he said don’t be afraid of doing anything wrong, just believe in yourself and do what you can do and hopefully I can bring that here and it should be good and I’m looking forward to it,” he added.
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