Dan Potts: Why I decided to leave West Ham

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Dan Potts opted to move away from West Ham United to join Luton Town.

Dan Potts has told West Ham United's official website of the thinking behind his decision to leave the Boleyn Ground.

Potts graduated from West Ham's youth academy, but he decided to allow his contract at the club to expire.

The 21-year-old, who signed for Luton Town today, wanted to become a free agent as he felt the time had come in his career where he needed to get regular first-team football.

“It’s been a tough time, but I know I am ready and it has got to the stage where I need to be playing week-in, week-out and from a personal point of view, that’s the decision I’ve made,” he explained.

“When Luton approached me and asked me to look at the club, it felt right and felt that the club was going in the right direction, so I hope I can kick on with them and move up the leagues.”

Potts made just 13 appearances during his four-year period as a professional footballer with the Hammers, with most of his experience coming via loan moves.

The full-back has spent time at Colchester United and Portsmouth and he has generally impressed when exposed to first-team action.

Unfortunately, his chances when back at West Ham were limited, though, and his move away could serve his development well.

Potts has joined a club who will be pushing for promotion from League Two next year and he will be hoping that Luton is the perfect place to showcase his ability. 

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