Watt: 'It's Nice To Be Wanted'
New U's signing Sanchez Watt has admitted that knowing the U's supporters were wishing for him to return is a nice feeling as he gets stuck into pre-season training ahead of his first campaign as a full-time U's player.
The pacy winger signed a two-year deal with Joe Dunne's side last week following weeks of speculation and a successful loan period last season, and throughout the summer there have been plenty of U's fans hounding the winger on Twitter to return to the U's.
Their wishes came true last Friday as news broke of the 22-year-old's return and, speaking to the official website, he said that their feelings made him happy.
'It's always good to be wanted and I'm happy to know that the fans wanted me,' he explained. 'I've got my place now and my new home, so it's just up to me to do it and for me to shine.'
The Arsenal youth product was immensely popular during his loan spell in north Essex last season, netting goals against Carlisle and Shrewsbury as well as terrorising defences with his rapid pace and quick feet.
He joined the U's alongside fellow Arsenal youth player Craig Eastmond, and with the duo now both permanent signings for the club, he reflected upon how it helped make life easier when it came to settling in with the U's.
'We came in on loan and enjoyed our time, and it was good to know someone here to go through it together,' he explained. 'It was great here; we had good times and we were winning games, so I hope it stays that way now I'm signed up.
'If we play that way again then teams will find it hard to come here so hopefully we can keep on winning and the fans and the manager will be proud of us.'
Following the captures of both Eastmond and Jabo Ibehre earlier in the summer, Watt had become the U's number one transfer target in recent weeks and it can be assumed that a fair amount of the budget was being kept aside for his capture.
But the former Leeds, Crawley, Southend and Sheffield Wednesday loanee revealed that Dunne had been making noises about a permanent switch long before the summer, way back when the winger first arrived on loan.
He said: 'Even before I got injured he was talking about doing something at the end of the season, and he kept in contact and stayed on my case for me to play my football here.
'I enjoyed my time a lot and we played football the right way. I'm pleased to be back and I just want to get started - it's a big season ahead and I want to start where I left off with a flyer.'
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