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Ryan Hall has no regrets over how he handled move to Leeds United from Southend United
RYAN Hall has revealed he has no regrets over how he handled his move from Southend United to Leeds.
Hall has now signed a three month loan deal with the Championship club.
And, after Blues boss Paul Sturrock criticised the way the winger handled his departure, Hall has defended the manner of the move.
“I was told not to come back to Southend so I don’t see what else I could’ve done differently and I’ve got the chance to better my life now,” said Hall, 24.
“What’s happened is disappointing because last season both the gaffer and one of the directors told me I could move on in the summer if a Championship club came in for me.
“At the time there was interest from Peterborough and Millwall but I was told to sit and wait, which I did.
“But when clubs came back in bids were rejected and then I couldn’t agree personal terms with Blackpool who the club were trying to force me to join.
“I couldn’t afford to move and live up north on what they were offering me but I’m an ambitious player and knew this was a chance for me to better my family’s life and I think anybody would jump at a chance like that.
“If the manager at Southend had an opportunity to take over at Real Madrid he would go but, to be honest, I’m glad I waited because everything has worked out in the end and I’ve got a really good move to a very big club.”
However, Blues boss Sturrock remains disappointed by Hall’s behavior.
The Scotsman dropped the winger from his side two matches in to the season after claiming he was not mentally attuned to playing for Southend.
And Sturrock feels Hall should have done things differently. “The way it has been handled has been horrible as Ryan has taken the wrong advice,” said Sturrock.
“Anthony Grant walked away properly with his head held high and I would have expected that from Ryan.
“But he rushed to move on for all sorts of reasons, which is why it has turned out this way.
“He doesn’t leave under a cloud but I just felt he went about it all in the wrong way.
“He didn’t listen and he felt other people had the best way out for him.
“But I’d like to think after 38-years in the game I know how it should be done.
“I don’t hold grudges though and I feel Ryan has been of a great benefit to the football club. “It is a big step to go from League Two to the Championship and we will find out if he has the balls for it or not.
“However, he is a quality player so I wish him all the best and hopefully he will knuckle down and be the player I think he can be.”