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Luke Hannant: "I am a player who plays with no fear."

12 February 2018

Since joining Vale from Gateshead in the January transfer window, Luke Hannant has been a regular in Neil Aspin's side and the midfielder has enjoyed his time in Burslem so far, but he is craving the first victory of 2018.

The 24-year-old is doubtful for Tuesday night's Sky Bet League Two clash versus Exeter City at Vale Park due to a foot injury, but he admits that every fixture between now and the end of the season is vital

Following Saturday's defeat at Cheltenham Town, Hannant insists he and his teammates must put that behind them as they search for a victory on home soil, and the away triumph over the Grecians will act as inspiration. 

He said: "It's never nice coming back from a 5-1 loss in general, but every game until the end of the season big and we need to go into every one as if it's the final match of the season - we need three points.

"We have got to put that loss to the back of our minds and go into Tuesday's game fresh. This squad, from what I have seen, is better than any other I have played in before.

"It's a big squad and there is quality throughout in every position, but the supporters have got every right to be annoyed with the games we haven't won - it's down to us now to keep them happy and get points on the board in League Two.

"I have played under the gaffer before and he has got the right mentality to get the boys together. He is someone I respect and I know the lads do as well, it's in the team that we want to do well for him and the fans as well."

On a personal level, Hannant is delighted to have made so many appearances in a Vale shirt over the last few weeks and he is desperate to repay the faith that Aspin has shown in him.

Having made the step up to the Football League from the Vanarama National, he believes he has become accustomed to the demands of his new surroundings and that he already feels comfortable at Vale Park.

Hannant also believes that playing alongside experienced players has helped him develop his own game and gain knowledge about the style and expectations of league football.

He said: "I have got experienced lads around me like Michael Tonge, Antony Kay and Danny Pugh and I think they have helped me into the team, but I am a player who plays with no fear.

"I think that I have settled in well and the lads have been nice to me, sometimes it's hard when you have a new lad come in and he gets straight into the team, but the boys have been great to me here," he said.

"I believe I have played well since I have been in the team and I am now concentrating on getting three points in the next game. It's always nice to get a run of games and i'm thankful for the gaffer giving me the opportunity - I think I have taken it well.

"When I first came in I thought the tempo was quite quick, but now I have played a few games, I have adapted to that and the quality of the game. It's just a case of getting more matches under my belt and hopefully I can progress."

 


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