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INTERVIEW: I think it's the right move for me

Midfielder Regan Slater on signing for United

20 July 2018

We caught up with midfielder Regan Slater shortly after he put pen to paper on his season-long loan deal at Brunton Park on Friday morning.

“It’s all happened quite quickly,” he admitted. “I went into training with Sheffield United yesterday, then got told to drive up here once we were finished, so it has all been fast.

“I do feel like I’m at an age where I need this sort of move. I feel like I’ve played under-23 football for long enough now and I feel ready for the next step. It’s important to get games under your belt and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing."

“I think everyone will tell you that 23s football can only bring you so far," he continued. "League football is definitely the next step in my career and I can’t wait to get started.

"I’ve had a few tastes of it with the Blades and I’ve had some good moments there. I’ve been given chances and to play in front of a big crowd like that does add a bit more to it. I’m excited to be coming here and doing that every week."

When speaking about his entry into the Sheffield United history books as the club's youngest ever goal scorer, he said: "I still can't really put into words what that means. It's unbelievable.

"It was a great feeling and I just want more of that during my time here." 

On what he wants from the move across to Cumbria, he told us: “This is a great arena to come to and show people what I’m about. Maybe I'll turn a few heads along the way.

"I’ve heard a lot of good things about the club and Sheffield United are happy for me to come here. I’ve heard good things about the gaffer and the way he’s going to want us to play, so I think it’s the right move for me.

“The gaffer has told me that I'll have to earn my place and that's good. There's competition for starting places but that's good.

"I'm a player who likes to do everything as a midfielder. I’m a box-to-box player, I like to get forward, but I’ll also defend, tackle, score and win headers ... hopefully do a bit of everything." 

“We’ve got a good group of lads here with a lot of experience, so I know I’ll learn a lot," he said. "I’ve heard the gaffer was a good player as well, so I think I’ll try and pick his brain a bit.

"I’m a Sheffield lad and I'd love to play for the Blades every week, but I know I need to come here and do well first and foremost.

“I wanted to come out and play league football which is the next step for me, so it didn’t matter that it was League Two. I just want to get as many games as I can under my belt."

Having completed the move in a bit of a whirlwind, he admitted that he's looking forward to getting his first run-out in the away friendly at Fylde on Saturday afternoon.

“I came up last night and met a few of the lads, but we’ve had the first training session now where you get to know what type of player everyone is," he told us. "There are plenty of big characters in there so it'll be good to get to know them even more.

"The game tomorrow will give us another chance to do that. Hopefully I’ll get more minutes to get a bit fitter and show everyone what I’m capable of.”

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