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Paisley Daily Express - - Haywood: We Will Not Tripp Up With Clan Coach - Craig Ritchie

Long- serv­ing Brae­head Clan stal­wart Mat t Hay­wood in­sists he can’t wait to see what new head coach John Tripp has in store for the side.

Hay­wood agreed new terms with the side last week, pen­ning a three­year con­tract which will take him into a decade with the club.

Hay­wood has been there and seen it all with the Clan hav­ing been part of the first ever squad since its for­ma­tion in 2010.

Head coaches have come and gone, with Hay­wood fea­tur­ing un­der Bruce Richard­son, Paul Gard­ner and Ryan Fin­nerty.

And with Tripp now join­ing the side for next sea­son, the 26-yearold ad­mits he is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing up with the new man hav­ing heard glow­ing reviews.

Hay­wood said: “It’s good and we’re head­ing in the right di­rec­tion.

“From what I hear of Mr Tripp, he likes his hard work and re­wards his hard work­ers, which is what I want and what I think the fans want too.

“I didn’t know much about him, but when I found out, I re­searched him. He’s got good ref­er­ences and ev­ery­one speaks highly of him.

“I’ve heard he’s fit­ness ori­en­tated and if a guy like Paul Gard­ner says noth­ing but good things about him, then I’ll take his word for it.”

The third and fi­nal year of Hay­wood’s con­tract will see the ex­pe­ri­enced GB in­ter­na­tional awarded with a tes­ti­mo­nial.

Hav­ing signed as a young­ster he ad­mits that he holds a place in his heart for the side.

He added: “Time has def­i­nitely flown in my time at the club.

“I first ar­rived as a young kid in 2010 and I’m not so young now.

“I’ve grown up in this team, go­ing from an 18-year-old kid to a 26-year-old fa­ther.

“I don’t think it could be any more poles apart.

“It was the best di­rec­tion ever.”

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