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15 August 2016

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll says he is delighted to welcome Connor Hunte to the club after the winger signed a six month loan deal earlier this afternoon.

The move comes just in time for tomorrow night’s League game at Leyton Orient and Sarll explains why he brought in the 19 year old.

“Connor is someone we tracked for about four to five weeks; he comes with a good pedigree having come through at Chelsea where he played regularly as a 15 year old in the U21 side. Like a lot of lads, he went through a bit of a struggle but Connor came out the other side and I’m delighted to bring him in from Wolves, who we are indebted to.

“He gives us another left foot, loads of pace and is an old fashioned, stereotypical wide man. He wants to get on the outside of people and cross into the box. He will definitely add variety to our playing squad and I’m sure he will make a positive impact.”

Rule changes this season mean that there will be no more one month loan deals and players have to sign for six months at a time. Sarll thinks it is a positive move for everyone involved.

“You have to do more research and be much more diligent into the type of player and person you are bringing in. It is easier for the player as it is a more settled environment for everyone rather than having different lads come in every month.

“You need to know the type of character you’re bringing in and that is why we have took our time but Connor has made a good first impression in that respect.”

Having secured a win at Ipswich and a point at Notts County within the last week, Sarll says he hopes to see more of the same at The Matchroom Stadium to round off a good seven days away from home.

“I am used to seeing what I saw from the team on Tuesday and Saturday so I expect the same again tomorrow.

“The players dug deep, they showed courage on the ball and I think you can see our attaching play developing and the understanding between the players improving each week.

“I was pleased with our possession and passing in the final third which was much improved and it resulted in more chances and a better spectacle for the supporters which will result in more goals going forward.

“Leyton Orient are a good team and I’m sure they will want to make up for their result at the weekend but we are very much focused on ourselves. We always get a tough game down there and we expect nothing different tomorrow night but we are a confident group and that provides a fantastic source of fuel in preparation for tomorrow night."

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