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Kyle speaks on dream move

Posted on 24 July 2009  - 12:00

Kyle Naughton can barely hide his excitement on becoming a Premier League player after what can only be described as a whirlwind year.

Kyle speaks on dream move

Kyle Naughton can barely hide his excitement on becoming a Premier League player after what can only be described as a whirlwind year.

The 20-year-old defender, signed along with fellow youngster Kyle Walker from Sheffield United this week, has certainly experienced a meteoric rise since first breaking into the Blades first team last August.

He went on to play a key role in helping Kevin Blackwell's team reach the Championship play-off final, picking up the club's Young Player of the Season award and earning a place in the division's PFA Team of the Year.

Now Kyle has sealed a dream move to Spurs, and although he admits the big transition from Yorkshire to London at such a young age is going to be difficult, he is fully focused on the job in hand.

"I wouldn't have imagined this in my wildest dreams - it's all happened so fast," Kyle told Spurs TV Online in his first interview since joining.

"I didn't expect to play for Sheffield United as soon as I did, and my first season went so quick. Now I'm here, I can't wait to start getting on with it again and seeing if I can play to the best of my ability in the Premier League.

"I'm a Sheffield United fan, I live 10 minutes from the ground, and I've only ever played for them, so it was a bit sad to leave.

"But to join a club as big as Spurs, I'm also very excited. So although I've left all my friends and family behind, this is a big move for me and something I thought I was ready to do."

Kyle's first taste of professional football, however, was back in January 2008 during a loan spell at Scottish outfit Gretna.

With the club rock bottom of the SPL and on the brink of financial meltdown at the time, the England Under-21 international admits it was an experience he will never forget.

"I learnt a lot from playing up in Scotland because Gretna were having some well-documented problems at the time and being able to deal with those things helped me break into the Sheffield United first team.

"If it weren't for the move to Gretna, I don't think I'd be here now, so it was as good a move as I could have made.

"After that, everything went so quick and I kept wondering what was going to come next! For everything to go as well as it has done, I can't put my feelings into words."

And Naughton has also paid homage to his fellow Kyle, Walker, with whom he arrives in London from Bramall Lane.

Currently on England Under-19 duty, Walker impressed enough in his seven appearances for the Blades last season to convince Naughton, as well as Harry Redknapp, of the undoubted talent he possesses.

"Kyle's a great player. He's strong, fast, and in the games he played for United last season, it's easy to say that he was Man of the Match in every one of them," said Naughton.

"I don't want to put too much pressure on him, but all I can say is that he is an exciting prospect who will be great to have here."