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New Shots signing Hatton aiming for midfield place

The Shots' latest signing says he intends on playing in midfield this season as Andy Scott continues to work on his side's spine

Set piece expert Sam Hatton has become Andy Scott's latest summer signing after joining the Shots from Grimsby Town.

The 26-year-old is primarily a box-to-box midfielder established himself as a right-back at former club AFC Wimbledon, with whom he won the 2010-11 Conference Play-Off final.

A graduate of the Stevenage Borough youth academy, Hatton went on to be a regular member of the Grimsby side which reached the Conference play-offs two years running, as well as the 2013 FA Trophy final.

Sam has also won three caps for the England C team.

“I am planning on playing in midfield this season,” Hatton revealed.

“But it’s good to have other positions  in your locker. I’ve got lots of energy and I don’t mind a tackle, and hopefully I’ll be scoring a few goals this year.”

And Scott confirmed: “Sam is another player that we wanted to bring in early this summer and he was very keen to join us. He’s a dynamic midfielder player, his passing range is excellent and he’s got the physicality to compete in the centre of the park.

“I’m very pleased with how the spine of the team is coming together, we’re looking very strong and experienced but also have youth on our side.

“People can see the calibre of the player that we’re trying to bring in, they’ve all got experience of this league and know what it’s like to play 40 or 50 games in a season.”

 

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