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27 March 2015

New loan signing speaks exclusively to

New boy Reece James can’t wait to get started at Huddersfield Town after joining on an Emergency Loan deal from Manchester United.

James trained with his new teammates at PPG Canalside on Thursday and told he could see the determination among the group to have a strong end to the season.

“Everyone in the training session was very lively, upbeat and determined; you could see they want to win as many games as we can from the remaining fixtures. I’m here to do that myself.

“I knew there were some good players before I came here just from looking at the names, but in training a few of the lads I didn’t know really impressed me.”

The young left back could make his Town debut in a Yorkshire derby when Town travels to Sheffield Wednesday on 4 April.

He continued: “I can’t wait to be honest! I know one or two of the lads that are at Sheffield Wednesday from Manchester United, so that’ll be good. It will be a good test and with it being a Yorkshire derby I’m buzzing for it.

“I’ve got a good week now to build up for the next game with the rest of the team. I’ll get to know the lads, get to know how they prepare for games, the tactics and things like that. It gives me a lot of time to settle in.”

Reece cited Manager Chris Powell as one of the main reasons he joined Town once he heard about the Club’s interest:

“To come and work with a manager like Chris Powell was very pleasing for me, especially as he was a left back himself and an England International. He can only help me on and off the pitch.

“Chris has told me to come in, enjoy the games and play as well as I can. Hopefully to gain some experience from the loan and to help Huddersfield win as many games as possible.

“I remember playing against Town when I was at Rotherham. We were 2-0 down until about the 85th minute and we somehow got two goals back. I came to watch the game against Fulham and I thought we played really well and didn’t deserve to get beaten at all. I thought we played some really good football, made some good chances and that helped me make my decision to come here.”

He believes his style of play will allow him to fit well into Powell’s side:

“I like playing at left back and left wing back. I like to get forward as much as I can and play in an attacking way, but I do like the defensive side of the game as well, which is why I like left back. But I’d say I like to get forward as much as I can and get crosses in.”

James already has experience of the Sky Bet Championship from a spell at Rotherham United earlier in the season, but he felt that this was an ideal time for another period out on loan:

“When I was out on loan at Rotherham I had a bit of an injury with my ankle, which I just needed to get right before I looked at going out on loan again. This is perfect timing for me; I was really pleased when I heard about the possibility.

“I had a few games at the start of the season when I was on the bench for Manchester United and I made my debut in the Capital One Cup, which I didn’t really expect. 

“When I went out on loan at Rotherham I got eight games under my belt, which was really good. You quickly find out how tough the Championship actually is. Now coming here, out on loan again, hopefully I can do really well again.

“I’d say the physicality and the speed of the game are the hardest things about the Championship. When you get the ball you haven’t got much time and you’re being pressed.”

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