Exeter City’s new loan signing Jayden Richardson says the club's reputation for developing players was one of the main factors in convincing him to join the Grecians.
Jayden, who had joined Exeter on a season-long loan, signed a professional deal with Nottingham Forest in April having impressed in their under-23 side last season.
The 18-year-old, who scored against the Grecians in the Premier League Cup last campaign, was a target for a number of clubs in the loan market, but it was Exeter City’s reputation for developing youngsters that convinced him St James Park was the right place for him.
“It was a good factor in making want to join,” he said. “I have seen the history of young players coming through here, and coming here on loan, and getting experience and then going back and becoming better players. So I had that in my mind that this loan move is hopefully going to improve me in that way as well.”
Jayden joined in with training on Friday, and subject to FA approval, could be eligible to face Swindon Town tomorrow at St James Park. Speaking about how the loan move came about, Jayden added: “It was just a normal day at Nottingham Forest,” he said. “I was just doing recovery because I had a game the day before and I got a text from my agent to say that I am coming down Exeter. It was good nerves and I was excited to come down and see what it was about.
“The welcome was good. I have met everyone. All the new lads were welcoming and it is just good to get out there and start work.
“I think the loan move was a good idea because it is League Two football and that is a good level for me and it will be good just to get experience under my belt.”
Asked to describe himself as a player, Jayden said: “I am a right wingback that likes to attack and get back. I am good on one v one defending and I am just here to show everyone what I can do.”