Grant Hanley says the delay that was taking place in his transfer was irking him and was getting him impatient, but, because he could not really have a say in the bargaining stuff happening between clubs, there was no point letting the matter dominate his mind.
Hanley’s move to St. James Park was dramatic as Newcastle had to return empty handed twice earlier. The bidding amounts they had gone to Blackburn with, 3 and a half million Pounds initially and then an additional million on the second time to make it four and a half, were turned down by the Blue and White management with an almost miffed Owen Coyle suggesting such amounts to be very, very low for someone like Hanley.
However surprisingly, when Newcastle made the approach third time with an increment of just one more million to the bidding amount, Coyle took it.
Having his first communication with media as a magpie, Hanley said, “It took quite a while and yes, when you are waiting and waiting, it’s normal that you feel a little irritated, but, what can you do as a player when it depends on other parties? Nothing really; so, the lesser you put your mind into it, the better.”
The Scot is pretty candid shedding light on his game as he says he plays in centre of defence and his game is not about astonishing skills. He won’t beat players one on one and go forward to shake the net. But, maybe he can have his worth in his own way as he hints he can contribute to Newcastle in a leader’s capacity. However, he acknowledges that he himself is only a student of the game at his age even though he has a 200-game experience.