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Last Updated: Monday, 6 February 2006, 18:27 GMT
Fryatt happy with Leicester move
By John Sinnott

Matty Fryatt
Fryatt has an impressive goalscoring record in his brief career
Leicester City striker Matty Fryatt believes he has made the right move from Walsall - even if the Foxes lose their fight against relegation.

Fryatt admits he was given a shock when within 16 days of his arrival the club had sacked boss Craig Levein.

Fryatt told BBC Sport: "Even if we go down - and I don't think we will - Leicester is bigger than Walsall.

"It wasn't the management team that swayed me to join Leicester - I just felt it was the next step for me."

Fryatt, having scored 30 goals in 78 games for Walsall, joined Leicester on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Fryatt added: "Maybe deep down I had second thoughts, but I have seen people come and go at Walsall and you just have to give it your all when each Saturday comes around.

"I've just got to do as well for myself and for the club - whether its Craig or caretaker boss Rob Kelly or whoever comes in as the new boss.

"Even if Leicester are relegated I still think it would have been the right move. There are better players at Leicester and the coaching is of a higher standard.

Despite the Doomsday scenario of slipping into League One, Fryatt is confident Leicester, who are three points above the relegation zone, will be playing in the Championship next season.

"I don't think we will go down, I think we will be okay.

"You can see from the players' attitude in training, and the spirit among the team, there is no negativity at the club.

"It doesn't feel like a club that is going down. We're still working hard and trying to do things the right way."

Before he decided to join Leicester the in-demand Fryatt had also been wanted by an unnamed Premiership club.

England under-19 internationa Fryatt added: "There was nothing concrete from the Premiership club.

"They said they were monitoring me and they were keen on me, but that they didn't think I was ready to play regularly.

"I thought there was a danger of my reputation going down if I wasn't playing every week.

"You just become one of many and I might have ended up going on loan. I wanted to be part of the first team and continue my progression."

Since his January move Fryatt has scored three goals for Leicester in five appearances - having already scored 14 times for Walsall - and the 19-year-old striker has detected he is playing against a higher calibre of player.

"The standard of player is much better, particularly the defenders, who sniff out danger more quickly. It's definitely got a bit more class."

Leicester will have to make additional payments to Walsall for Fryatt depending on the number of games he plays for his new club.

Walsall will also receive a share of the profit if Leicester sell him on in the future.


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