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Trafford Happy To Be Here

On-loan keeper enjoying life with Wanderers as he looks to add to winning start

21 January 2022

James Trafford believes happiness is the key to success as he looks to enjoy life with Wanderers.

Trafford has settled in smoothly with the Whites following his loan signing from Manchester City.

The 19-year-old made an instant debut in last Saturday’s win over Ipswich – getting the nod over Joel Dixon in goal – with a clean sheet helping Ian Evatt’s men secure a timely 2-0 success.

And Trafford says his warm welcome to Wanderers has helped him hit the ground running.

“Ever since the first day I have really enjoyed the whole set-up, how professional it is and what I’m used to,” said Trafford, who has come through the youth ranks at City to make it as far as the bench at first-team level with the Premier League champions.

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“The lads have been good with me. I’ve really enjoyed training with the goallies and the team.

“Joel has helped a lot and been really good with me. We have both worked really hard.

“With me, I feel like the more I’m enjoying it, the happier I am and the better I’ll do.

“I really enjoyed Thursday and Friday at Bolton and it really showed in the performance.

“It was good fun, my debut. It felt good to be back playing and helping the team.”

Wanderers’ win over Ipswich was their first in six league games, with Trafford one of four January transfer-window signings to have played their part.

Striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson has since become the fifth ahead of Saturday’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.

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And Trafford – with the added benefit of League One experience from an earlier loan spell at Accrington Stanley – feels like he has joined a club on the up.

“We demand a lot of each other in training,” added the England U20 international.

“When I first came in, it didn’t feel like a team that had been on a bad run of form.

“In training it was really sharp, a really high standard and the vibe was positive.

“We are taking it one game at a time but it is positive.

“I just want to look forward to coming in, like I have for the past week, and seeing everyone and working hard in training.

“I want to keep developing with the ball at my feet and contribute to the team as much as I can.”


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