Kieran Hagan hoping move to Walsham-le-Willows from Diss Town will improve his game
Kieran Hagan has described his decision to swap Diss Town for Walsham-le-Willows as a ‘no-brainer’.
The attacker switched between the two clubs last week and made his Walsham debut during Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Mildenhall Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Hagan, 20, joined First Division North outfit Diss from Great Yarmouth Town last year and went on to become a key player at Brewers Green Lane.
He made a total of 36 appearances for the Tangerines, finding the back of the net on 10 occasions.
However, after Fergus O’Callaghan filled the managerial hotseat at Walsham last month, Hagan believes it is a link up that will help to enhance his game.
“Fergus was keen to sign me when he was at Haverhill (Rovers) earlier in the season but it did not happen,” he said.
“But as soon as he got to Walsham and put in the seven-dayer I knew the time was right to make the move.
“His style really suits how I want to play. Walsham are getting the ball down and looking to attack which is what I am all about.
“It feels like something is building at the club right now and it is somewhere I can improve. Making the move was a no-brainer.”
The weekend draw with Mildenhall has lifted Walsham off the bottom of the Premier Division table on goal difference and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to four matches.
It has been an impressive early impact from O’Callaghan, and Hagan is ‘more than confident’ that the upward trajectory will continue.
“When you look at the club, the manager and the players, the league position does not reflect the quality that is there,” Hagan added.
“I am more than confident that we will not be near the bottom come the end of the season. Hopefully I can bring something to the team as well to getting us moving up quickly.”
Meanwhile, Hagan is hopeful that it will be a successful campaign for the club he has left behind.
Diss are without a victory from their last five First Division North matches, yet they remain well within striking distance of the four promotion places.
“I was at Diss for a while and I enjoyed my time there,” he said. “I would like to see them do well and they are capable of it.
“If they can pick up a couple of positive results they will start to move up the table and the confidence will come back.”
Against Mildenhall, Walsham took the lead through Ryan Clark and had a good chance to go 2-0 up before the break but Craig Nurse saw his penalty saved by Jake Hayhoe. In the second half the visitors secured a point through Matt Green’s equaliser.
The Willows travel to Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm) and host Woodbridge Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).
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