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A massive season for me - Stephen

22 June 2016

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Rovers new boy Stephen Hendrie admits he has no regrets about making his move south of the border.

The Scottish left-back came through the youth ranks at Hamilton Academical and had amassed 100 league appearances by the age of just 20.

His fine form with the Scottish Premiership side attracted the attention of West Ham United, who secured his services last summer.

Hendrie is yet to feature for the Hammers’ first team however, but he hopes his loan move to Ewood Park can kick-start his career in English football. 

“It was a big step (to move down to England), but it was a step everyone wants to take,” admitted the 21-year-old defender.

“Everyone wants to play at the highest level and I couldn’t knock it back – that chance may never come again – but I'm happy that I took it. 

“I've obviously not been playing enough first team games, but you never know what's going to happen in the next few years, so I'm happy that I took that chance.

“It's tough to play at West Ham. It’s obviously a massive club and there are some great players there, but I've come to another big club and I’m wanting to play here and get some games under my belt.

“It's a massive season for me. I’ve got two years left on my contract, so I need to do well here and see what happens after that.” 

Hendrie enjoyed a short but successful loan spell with Southend last season, where he scored once in five appearances and the full-back hopes to bring an attacking edge to Rovers’ style of play this season.

“I'm a left-back, so I like to get forward and bomb up and down, but defensive duties come first obviously,” added Hendrie, who scored the penultimate penalty in West Ham’s Under-21 Premier League Cup final shootout victory over Hull City in May. 

“I need to defend for the team and then getting forward will come with it. But that’s just me, I just love to get forward and put in crosses.”

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