Harriman: There's a buzz when Gaz is around

Michael Harriman on his debut against Exeter City

Michael Harriman on his debut against Exeter City

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

NEW signing Michael Harriman said Gareth Ainsworth's presence in the Adams Park dugout was key to persuading him to join Wanderers on loan.

Ainsworth once again returned to his old club QPR to snap up the 20-year-old on a month-long youth loan deal on New Year's Eve, with the deal being completed in time for Harriman to face Exeter the following day.

Harriman said: "Gareth's a great guy. I remember when I was a young lad he used to be around the place [at QPR]. There's such a buzz around the place when you're around with Gareth. It's good to have him here.

"I want to get as much experience as I can. I want to get some minutes under my belt and, if I have to go back at the end of the month, I go back with good experience and fond memories of Wycombe.

"I've come to get some much needed experience. It's my aim to get the first start under my belt and crack on from there."

He made his Wanderers debut as a substitute as his first match ended in a disappointing defeat against Exeter.

But he enjoyed the experience, saying: "I was buzzing sitting on the bench waiting to get on. The result wasn't the best but we can always bounce back from that."

Originally a central midfielder, Harriman is being converted to a full back by Rangers and Ainsworth is happy to add his versatility to the squad.

The Blues boss said: "He's very Josh Scowen-like - he rats around, he's very dynamic in there. He's good cover for that and he can play both full backs, which as ideal.

"QPR are trying to convert him to a full back. He's very comfortable on the ball, quick and likes to get forward. I'm not saying there's a problem with the full backs but it's great to have another option there."

Harriman made his Blues bow at right back after replacing Marvin McCoy and he said: "That's where I play at the moment but I can always do that midfield role. I'm a chaser, I harry in the middle and get my tackles in."

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