Darren Sarll already a fan of Arsenal's Kaylen Hinds after just a few training sessions at Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 19:00 02 February 2017
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Stevenage manager Darren Sarll has revealed he has only seen Arsenal starlet Kaylen Hinds “once or twice” but is already a fan after just a couple of training sessions.
Hinds was one of two to join the Sky Bet League Two outfit on transfer deadline day, Jack King on a free transfer from Scunthorpe United being the other.
But while Sarll was well aware of what King could offer, he admitted the decision to bring in the 19-year-old came after a recommendation from his scouts.
He said: “Kaylen is someone that our recruitment department, led by Leon Hunter, have always been a big fan of. I’ve only seen him play once or twice but they were a big supporter of what he could bring to the squad and because I think our staff is very good at what they do, I trusted them.
“And after working with him for two days on the training pitch I can see why they were such fans.
“He’s got fantastic ability and when we eventually roll him out, everyone will be very excited.
“We have to be patient as there has to be a transition period from U23 football with one of the best clubs in the country to League Two football, which is a culture shock.
“But he’s got the physicality to do it and he’s got the technical ability to play wherever he wants to play in his life.
“He’ll get that experience from training but his talent is of such that he will get out there, sooner rather than later.”
King needs little introduction though after the 31-year-old spent the first half of the season at the Lamex.
And Sarll was delighted to have got his man.
“Jack’s a proper Stevenage player,” he enthused. “He’s my type of player and he covers us in so many different areas. We’re getting a very versatile player who is really a League One player.
“Such is his affinity with the squad his first choice was always to come to Stevenage. It was just a case of whether we could meet in the middle financially and thrash a deal out.
I think he’s a terrific signing.”
While those two came in, there was also one player going in the opposite direction.
Rowan Liburd has joined Leyton Orient on loan for the rest of the season but Sarll was keen to stress this wasn’t the end of his Stevenage career.
He said: “We’ve got Rowan to a stage where his training performances were getting better and better.
“What I couldn’t afford to do, especially with the form of Kennedy and Godden, is give him the game time needed to take his training performances and develop them further.
“So when the opportunity came to give him League Two football, it was too good for his development and our benefit to turn down.
“He’s certainly not at Leyton Orient out of the way. Rowan is definitely part of our plans for next year.”