Powell excited by Northampton Town test after securing Cobblers loan
Joe Powell cannot wait to get going in his first loan away from West Ham United after securing a move to Northampton Town until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old will link up with the League Two side until the end of the campaign and is looking to continue a breakthrough 2018/19, after making his Hammers debut in September.
The midfielder is keen to make a good impression at a senior level with Northampton and is excited at the test his time at Sixfields Stadium will pose.
I'm joining Northampton with the hope of taking them up the table and I will give everything I can to make that happen, and return to West Ham as a better player
"Going on loan is something I've thought about for a little while, so to get the chance to do so is really exciting," Powell told whufc.com. "I'm looking forward to picking up some minutes for a league side, and hopefully I can contribute with a few goals and assists too.
"I'm joining Northampton with the hope of taking them up the table and I will give everything I can to make that happen, and return to West Ham as a better player."
With Powell taking his first steps into playing at a senior level with Northampton, the Hammers youngster need not look far for a reference point, with brother Jack having previously played in the Football League and National League.
Powell says his brother has already been on hand to give advice on playing in competitive league football.
He continued: "Jack has played in the Championship and has played over 100 competitive league games now, and he has already been able to give me some very useful advice for me to take on."
Having impressed for the Irons at U23s level, with seven goals and six assists in 12 Premier League 2 matches, Powell is hopeful he can transfer his form for the young Hammers over to Northampton for the remainder of the season.
"I think, when your name is being talked about for a loan move, things like goals and assists are definitely considered," Powell added. "I've been lucky enough to add both to my performances this season for the U23s, and that's something I hope I can continue here with the Cobblers."