‘I don’t see why it can’t be a platform for me’ - Nydam on St Johnstone loan
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 August 2018
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Tristan Nydam is looking forward to showcasing his talents during his loan spell in Scotland with St Johnstone.
The 18-year-old, who played 20 senior games for Ipswich last season, will be with the Scottish Premier League club until January, with the England Under 19 international hoping to show just what he is capable of.
“I didn’t know much about it during pre-season but I was told about the opportunity last week when my agent rang me to tell me of the interest,” he said.
“He (Tommy Wright, manager) played a massive part in me coming here. We spoke last week and he told me of his plans for me and the club and I liked the way he spoke.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to get out there.
“I don’t know that much (about Scottish football) but there are obviously some very big teams in the league and only 12 in the league, so it’s different to what we have in the Championship. I think it’s very competitive.
“I think I’m energetic, want to put a tackle in and am a good passer of the ball so I think I have a few qualities I can bring.
“It’s the highest league in Scotland, a lot of the games are televised and there are some massive teams here so I don’t see why it can’t be a platform for me.”
Ipswich boss Paul Hurst sees a big future for Nydam and hopes to see the youngster make an impact in Scotland.
“I hope it works out for him as he’s a player I think a lot of,” Hurst said.
“He’s a young lad who should have a very long career in the game. He burst onto the scene last year and probably played more than you would have thought someone that age would have done. Maybe some circumstances dictated that a little bit as well.
“He worked hard in pre-season but, with the midfield players we’ve got and have been brought in, I didn’t want to stop his progress by only playing Under 23 football.
“He’s still a way under that age but I don’t think that is the best way forward for him. In fairness to Tristan, I like his attitude about it when we spoke and he wants to go an play.
“St Johnstone isn’t on the doorstep so credit to the young man for wanting to do that, and hopefully he can go up there and progress.”