Grant Hanley has been interviewed on Newcastle’s web-site and he was pleased to get a start against Preston North End on Tuesday night, when Newcastle kept their 10th clean sheet of the season.
Hanley was the captain of Blackburn and over the previous four seasons he played 162 games with 7 goals for Blackburn, so he was used to playing regularly for the Rovers.
But he admits it’s difficult to break into the team this season, but he has shown an excellent attitude and says he will keep working hard and his chance will come.
Grant Hanley in action for Newcastle
Hanley joined us from Blackburn for around £5.5M and of course Blackburn did not want to lose him, but the 24 year-old 26 times capped Scottish International jumped at the chance to sign for the Magpies.
Grant did get a chance on Tuesday night and he played the whole game in the 6-0 rout of Preston North End.
This is what Hanley said after the game:
“It’s pleasing to keep another clean sheet – as a centre-half, that’s your job, first and foremost,” “The lads are doing well at the moment, so it’s difficult to ease your way into the side.”
“But, I’ve been in this situation before and you just have to knuckle down and keep working hard in training, and keep working hard when you get a chance on the pitch.”
“And hopefully, another opportunity will come.”
It’s easy to see why Grant may be a little frustrated at Newcastle after playing so many games for Blackburn in the Championship over the last four years.
Currently he has six appearances for Newcastle this season, but now seems to be behind Lascelles, Clark and Mbemba in the pecking order to play at center-back.
Ciaran Clark also came in over the summer from Aston Villa for around £5M and he has managed to gain a starting place alongside captain Jamaal Lascelles and both center-backs are playing very well at the moment for us – it’s no longer a problem position for Newcastle.
It’s one of the many problems Rafa seems to have already solved with the team.
Next up is Preston again – this time at Deepdale – and we expect to see Lascelles and Clark to be back in central defense for the Magpies.