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INTERVIEW: Give it my best

31 January 2014

Sam Byrne on his loan spell

Manchester United loanee Sam Byrne spoke to us on the journey down to Bristol shortly after signing his half season loan deal. 

"It's all happened really quickly," he revealed. "I only knew about the interest yesterday so it's been a bit of a whirlwind. 

"It does make it easier to settle in because I've got straight onto the team bus and we've got a game right away. 

"Everyone at Old Trafford has told me to come here and give it my best, try and score some goals and make a name for myself. The fact that it's until the end of the season does give me some time to settle in and get some good game time under my belt."

"This is my first loan spell so it will be my first taste of playing competitive first team games where the points really matter," he said. "I've been working hard at Manchester United and hopefully this spell will go well and I'll be rewarded for doing that. 

"As I player I like to think I'm quite quick and direct. Obviously strikers are judged on goals so hopefully I'll be able to chip in with a few. The fact that the games are so important for the whole club does add a little bit of pressure, but all of the lads are focused on getting points on the board and hopefully I can help with that. 

"In development and reserve team football it's more focused on improving as a player but being involved in a first team environment is important for everyone. First team football is the real deal and it's something I'm really looking forward to being involved with."

"I've spoken to Tom Lawrence and Reece James about their experiences with Carlisle and they only had good things to say about the club," he said. "I haven't had chance to speak to Kav properly yet but, as an Irish lad, the fact that he'll be my manager does make it feel a little bit special. I think he's from close to where I'm from as well so it will make it easier to settle in."

"I do have a few nerves because it's my first loan move," he admitted. "I'll just try my best, work hard and see what happens. I met the lads when I got on the bus on the way down and they've all been really welcoming. I know Mike Drennan from the Irish squads so I've been away with him a few times already. Charni is here as well and seeing a few familiar faces definitely makes it a little bit easier to get on with it."

"I don't mind the nerves because it should help when it comes to playing games," he said. "It's a challenge I'm ready for and I just want to help the team and the club as much as I can."

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