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2013-10-04T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-18T23:50:50

Potts ready for U21s return

Dan Potts is keen to make his mark for the Development Squad on Friday night when they welcome Norwich City to Rush Green.

The young defender is in line to return to Barclays Under-21 Premier League action against the Canaries after recovering from a knee injury he sustained before the team's 5-4 victory away at Newcastle in early September.

The 19-year-old says that whilst his injury has disrupted the start of his season he is now keen to get back out on the pitch.

He told West Ham TV: "To pick up an injury the way I did before the Newcastle game was obviously a setback but I suppose that's football.

"It was disappointing on my behalf but I'm thankful it's all ok now and wasn't too disruptive so I can now concentrate on playing again.

"Rush Green's been good to us over the past twelve months and hopefully we can get another win there on Friday."

After coming through his first 90 minutes since the injury, in a 5-0 friendly win against Ipswich Town, Potts is now focused on helping the Development Squad maintain their good form.

They've lost just once in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League and the defender hopes the friendly win over the Tractor Boys will have helped the team prepare for Norwich.

"The Ipswich game was a good run-out for a few of the team and also myself coming back from injury and to get 90 minutes under my belt was pleasing.

"You have to give credit to the lads who played for a good team performance and to come away with five goals and a clean sheet speaks for itself.

"There's a good atmosphere around the boys at the moment with the way things are going and hopefully we can do the business on Friday."

Fourteen goals scored in six games have helped propel Nick Haycock's charges to third in the league with a chance to go top if they triumph against the Canaries.

If the chances continue to be created like they have in the early part of the season then the young Hammer is confident the goals will continue to flow for the Development Squad.

"From my point of view and that of the back four, if you keep a clean sheet it always gives you the chance to win the game and we've definitely got goals in our team.

"We've been creating a lot of chances and with the likes of Dylan and Elliot up front you'd like to think they'll take some of those chances.

"It's good that we're not relying on one person to score goals. Elliot is a goal scorer but George Moncur and Sebastian Lletget have chipped in with a few so far and it helps the team when goals are coming from all over the pitch."

Whilst the top four teams will qualify for a place in the semi-finals and then battle it out for the title in the final, Potts believes the team only have the ambition to finish top.

"We want to be top of the league. There's a lot of talk about getting into the top four but we want to be top. No one looks at who's second or third come the end of the season so our aim is to finish top."

You can watch the Development Squad in action this Friday night at Rush Green. Kick-off is 7pm and entry is free for season ticket-holders, £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

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