Nathan Trott settling in well at Nancy
Nathan Trott is determined to grasp an opportunity to further his development at French second division side Nancy with both hands.
The Bermudian goalkeeper, who is under contract with English Premier League side West Ham United, has joined Nancy on a season-long loan.
“This season, the main aim for me is to get regular game time,” Trott told The Royal Gazette. “I think the age I’m at it’s important to get into a rhythm of playing regular games and improving as a player every day in training and games and developing on and off the field.
“I hope to really help my team out this season and become an influence in the team and try and finish as high as possible in the table and be one of best in the league.”
The 6ft 2in goalkeeper has made a seamless transition to his new club who are managed by former Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel.
“So far I think I’ve settled in really quickly; my team-mates and I get along really well and as time goes by the relationships will only get stronger,” Trott added.
“The club is a really young team that plays pressing football and has a really supportive coaching staff that will help us develop as a team. It’s a really exciting team.”
Asked did his latest loan come as any surprise, Trott said: “I wasn’t surprised to go on loan again as it was always talked about between me and the coaching staff at West Ham that it was important for me to go get some experience and develop at a club they felt was right for me.”
Trott impressed while on loan at AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One in 2019, making 26 appearances in his first taste of senior football.
He spent last season back at the London Stadium as part of David Moyes's group of first-team goalkeepers.
The 22-year-old marked a major milestone in his career after making his senior debut in West Ham’s 4-0 win against Doncaster in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup in January.
A first-team debut had been a long time in the making for Trott, who joined West Ham in January 2016 after a recommendation from compatriot Clyde Best, the Hammers legend.
He has long been earmarked as the future first-choice goalkeeper at the East London club and has also drawn high praise from Shaka Hislop, the former West Ham No 1.
“My long-term goal has always been to play for West Ham in the Premier League one day, however long it takes,” Trott said.
The son of former St George's and Devonshire Colts goalkeeper Dwayne Trott is happy with the positive strides he has made in his career.
“I’m always happy which way my career is going,” he added. “I enjoy football a lot and one thing that comes with it is a lot of ups and downs and different experiences.
“That’s something I’ve always been prepared for ever since I signed at West Ham, so I’m happy where I’m at and just taking it day by day.”
Asked what keeps him motivated in pursuit of his dreams, Trott said: “My motivation is probably my country; I just want to motivate everyone back home.
“Especially the younger generation to show that a kid from a country as small in Bermuda can hopefully one day play at a high level. That’s something that drives me all the time.”
Trott represented Bermuda at various youth levels before switching allegiance to England, where he has featured six times for the under-20s and been included in Aidy Boothroyd's under-21s. He has a deal with West Ham until 2022.