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NEWS: Haywood back for two years

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Matt Haywood is hoping for further success after signing on for his sixth year at the Braehead Clan.

‘The Last of the Originals’ has put pen to paper on a two-year deal following a season that saw him end it by making his debut for the GB national team.

But the 24-year-old is focussed on helping Ryan Finnerty’s side achieve success first before he even considers returning to the national fold.

Haywood said: “It’s grown a lot in my time here and continues to do so, with the European campaign coming up and it’s definitely something to look forward to.

“Getting a two-year deal gives me some stability as well so I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to do next summer and I’m delighted with that.

“Last season was a year that was so near yet so far and missing out on the league by a point and missing the play-off finals makes us want to go that one step further.

“Playing for GB was an amazing experience and it was a special couple of weeks.  It was a close-knit team and we came close to winning the gold medal.

“To get back in that team gives me something to aim for of course, but it’s all about doing well for my club and then if I’m picked again, it’s an added bonus.”

As everyone knows, Haywood is very much “in with the bricks” after first signing for the club in its inaugural season in 2010 under Bruce Richardson.

He’s been there, seen it and bought the T-shirt under a variety of coaches in his time in Glasgow.

Matt feels honoured to be the last of the original team and believes having the same coach for a second season last year was a key part of Clan’s relative success.

He added: “It’s a club that I’m familiar with of course and in my opinion, one of the best teams in the country.

“Being “the last of the originals’ is nice on two levels as it shows that I’m appreciated by the club and the fans.

“Not many clubs, if any, can say they still have an original player from their first season and that’s something I’m very proud of.

“There was a huge difference in having the coach for a second season and we knew what to expect, whereas with a new coach, you would have to start building a relationship again.

“Ryan knew what to expect of me and that was a huge benefit.  It was definitely one of my best years at the club.

“I wouldn’t say Ryan’s a demanding coach, but you know where you stand with him and he’s definitely a man you want to give 100% for every night.”