White takes flight on the right

Dennis Kutrieb has moved to bolster his defence with the signing of another experienced former EFL player in attacking full-back Hayden White.

The 28-year-old Londoner has spent his career north of the Watford Gap but now returns to more familiar surroundings after leaving Walsall earlier this summer.

A former Sheffield Wednesday youth player, he broke into senior football at Bolton Wanderers and he made his debut in the Championship as a teenager for the Trotters. Loan spells in Leagues One and Two for the likes of Carlisle United, Bury, Notts County and Blackpool followed before he signed for Peterborough United and then settled at Mansfield Town in 2017.

White spent more than three seasons with Mansfield, playing in excess of 80 times for the club – some of them alongside Omari Sterling-James – after which he joined fellow League Two club Walsall in 2020. He made more than 100 appearances for the Saddlers over the past three years and last season featured against Premier League Leicester City (below) as Walsall narrowly lost out in the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

“I’m versatile,” White told us on signing for the club. “I’m known as a right-back and I like playing on the right side of a three but speaking to the manager, he likes that versatility and so I’m happy to play wherever he needs me. I like to get forward too and create some opportunities for the strikers and hopefully chip in with a few myself!”


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