Trott to gain experience at Wimbledon
Nathan Trott believes his loan move to AFC Wimbledon is the best option for him to showcase his talents while gaining the experience required to take his career to the next level.
The West Ham United goalkeeper has joined the Sky Bet League One side the end of next season.
“One thing I feel I need for the next step in my career is experience, so that I can get to the next level,” Trott said.
The 20-year old Bermudian made 12 appearances during a injury-hampered season for West Ham, ten in Premier League 2 and twice in the Checkatrade Trophy, as well being named in the East London club's senior squad on three occasions.
“The under-23s was good for when I was younger, but I feel that I need a bigger stage,” Trott added. “I feel that Wimbledon is the best option for me to express myself and show everyone what I'm capable of.
“I want to be at a place where I have a chance of being number one. There is a different pressure playing in the first team than there is in the under-23s.
“There are bigger crowds, the pressure of a manager, and there are loads of other things that follow with playing first-team football. That's something West Ham wanted me to get through before I make the next step.”
Trott is also looking forward to working with Ashley Bayes, the club's goalkeeper coach.
“I've heard of Bayzo [Bayes] and how he worked with different keepers,” Trott said. “I know what he is capable of and that he can improve me with different aspects of my game.”
Trott, the son of former St George's and Devonshire Colts goalkeeper Dwayne Trott, initially signed a 2½-year deal with West Ham in January 2016, which has since been extended twice until 2022.
He put another feather in his cap after earning the Premier League 2 Save of the Season Award for the second time in three years.
Trott has also played for England at youth level, making his debut for the England Under-20s against Holland in August 2017 and has been capped six times.