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Hungry to return

Crawford has his eyes set on first team place

20 September 2018

Tom Crawford says he is hungry to return to the Notts first team as he continues his comeback from injury.

The midfielder joined the club from Chester FC in the summer and featured regularly in August, scoring on his debut at Middlesbrough before being side-lined with a foot injury sustained in a behind-closed-doors match.

And he says he has used his time out as motivation to force his way into manager Harry Kewell’s thoughts.

“The hunger to be in the side has grown even more because I’ve been there and then had to come out,” he explained.

“The injury came at a bad time for me because I was involved in the first team and getting game time. It was frustrating but these things happen in football.

“I’ve got to work my way back in there now which is going to be a test but that’s my aim so I’ll be training hard to impress.”

Because of his injury lay-off Crawford hasn’t spent much time training with Kewell - but he likes what he has seen from his new boss so far.

“His sessions are really intense,” said Crawford. “You know what you’re supposed to be doing at any given time and if you don’t do it you’ll get told.

“The boys have all been saying how much they love his sessions and enjoy coming to training, so he’s made a massive impact and everyone is confident the results will start to come.

“I’ve only had two sessions with him and I’m looking forward to working with him more. I hope to impress him at every chance I have.”

It’s a busy week for the 19-year-old, who returned to competitive action on Wednesday, playing 90 minutes for the Under 23s, and moves into his new flat on Friday.

Crawford said: “I felt good in the game so I should be back to training properly now.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Notts so far and I’m looking forward to moving into my flat because it’s a bit eerie looking at the four walls of my hotel room!

“I’ve had a great couple of months here and it’s a really nice city, so I’m excited to get properly settled in.”

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