Sheffield Wednesday: White tells why he left Owls

Hayden White in action for Wednesday Under 21s against Sheffield United Under 21s.
Hayden White in action for Wednesday Under 21s against Sheffield United Under 21s.
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Hayden White says he enjoyed his time with Wednesday but decided to sign for Bolton because he felt it was best for his career.

Although only 18 at the time he left for the Reebok Stadium last summer, he had already spent time with Charlton and Stoke before joining the Owls academy.

Now he feels that moving around has helped him to mature: “In this industry you have got to make sacrifices and there’s no saying you’ll be in one place for any length of time, so I suppose in that respect it was better that I get used to it at a young age,” says the right back who could play against the Owls at Hillsborough tomorrow.

“I’d loved my time there but for my career I felt that coming here (to Bolton) was the best move for me,” he says.

“There had been a few other clubs interested in signing me too but I had a meeting with Dougie Freedman and the Under-21 coach Jamie Fullarton and they told me all about the opportunities that I would have here and how my attributes were exactly what they needed, so I signed a three-year deal.”

White got his first senior action as a sub in a 2-1 defeat by QPR at Loftus Road in January, and played for the first half in Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Leicester, when the wing threats came from Anthony Knockaert and Riyad Mahrez, who both caused Wednesday problems recently.

The Bolton teenager also said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of years but right now I’m just determined to keep on working hard, pushing on and hopefully next season will be an even bigger year for me,” he said.

“The fans have been fantastic too; I really appreciate their support.”