WHEN it comes to Sean Scannell, Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson has a simple mission.
“I want to turn a £500,000 player into a £5m one, and I think he has all the attributes to be just that,” said the Town manager, who made the 22-year-old former Crystal Palace man his first close-season recruit on a three-year contract.
It was a big move for the softly-spoken Southerner, who is still adjusting to life up North but is enjoying his new surroundings.
Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Scannell returned from a trip to see family and friends back home in Croydon during the international break to figure in Tuesday’s hastily- arranged training-ground friendly at Everton, and he hopes to add to his seven Town appearances (four starts) in this afternoon’s attractive home Championship clash with Wolves.
He’s more than aware of the options available to Grayson after a hamstring injury sidelined him – and gave fellow winger Danny Ward his chance.
“Obviously I want to play week in, week out,” said Scannell, who made 73 starts and 68 appearances from the bench for Palace, where he came through the academy.
“But I understand the need for competition, and I have no problem with having to fight for my place.
“This club is ambitious – that was a big part of what attracted me here – and I want to be a big part of the progress I think we will make, so I’m ready to work very hard.
“Games like Everton and the Under 21 match against Leeds before that give me a great opportunity to get sharpness and catch the eye, so the more of them there are, the better.”