Young defender wants to repay the faith shown in him by the manager after picking up serious injury
Town defender Kyle Hammond promises to come back stronger than ever, after being sidelined for nine months through injury, and is hoping to be part of first-team set-up when he returns.
The right-back suffered a cruciate injury during an Academy game recently and has admitted the fact he’ll be out for nine months is beginning to dawn on him.
“It’s starting to sink in and I’m still trying to get my head straight. Nine months out of football is going to be hard. But if I do my rehab properly I’ll come back stronger,” Kyle told the official Club website.
“I’ve got to take it as it comes and come back next season flying hopefully and get where I want to be which is in the first team.”
The talented teenager was involved with the first-team squad at the beginning of the season before an earlier serious injury halted his progress.
However he has impressed the staff to be offered a professional contract, which came just a few days after his injury blow, with manger Mick McCarthy offering a few words of comfort.
“I’m obviously delighted to have been offered a pro contract. I’ve grown up with the Club and it’s all I’ve ever wanted.
“Obviously I was gutted to get the injury but being offered a contract helped ease the pain and the manager was great with me.
“He spoke to me a couple of days after I got the injury and just said you’ll be fine, we’ll still stand by what we said and he’s done that by offering me a deal to stay.”