New Brentford B recruit Max Haygarth is looking forward to continuing his development in West London after he agreed a loan deal with Neil MacFarlane’s side until January 2021 from Manchester United.
The youngster, who came through the ranks at United alongside fellow Brentford player Ben Hockenhull, rose to play for the Under-18s and then the Under-23s sides at Old Trafford, but having agreed a temporary switch to the capital, Max is looking forward to a new experience.
He said: “I’m really excited to be here and I think it’s a very good opportunity for me to push on in my football career and move forward.
“I’ve been told about Brentford being a really progressive club and, of course, they did really well last season and were unlucky not to get promoted. I know Ben well and he’s spoken really highly of the club, so it was a bit of a no brainer really to come and play here and help build my career.
“In the brief time that I spoke to Neil (MacFarlane) he told me that I can come down and develop and keep super sharp and super fit. Hopefully, I can raise my game here.”
The youngster, who plays on the wing and provides pace and creativity says he feels he has settled well into life with the young Bees, and he got his first run out in the 6-2 win over Hendon FC in the London Senior Cup on 20 October. Having had time to get to know his new teammates, the 18-year-old says he’s been left impressed so far.
“After only a week I felt that I’d settled really well,” said Max “They are all great lads and they all work really hard and enjoy their football, so it’s perfect for me.”
Discussing his parent club, Manchester United, Max believes the experiences there that have shaped him as a player will stand him in good stead to step out on loan to continue his development alongside a familiar face in Ben.
He continued: “I’ve known Ben since we were seven as we grew up at United together. He’s always been a really good friend of mine and he lives quite close to me and he’s helped me to settle in here.
“I want to train to a high level and keep building my fitness. It would be nice to have some involvement with the First Team, that’s why I’m here, to play football and hopefully push on to take that next step in my career and play men’s football. I’ve been at United for 10 years, and I feel very lucky to have grown up at that club and played with some of the best young talents in the world.”