Eastleigh manager Andy Hessenthaler believes his side can benefit from Max Stryjek’s desire to be Sunderland’s first-choice keeper.

The 22-year-old is on loan at the National League side and has kept two clean sheets in two so far.

Hessenthaler told the Daily Echo: “We didn’t know too much about Max but we’re fortunate to have a connection with Sunderland and I spoke to Richard Hill and Paul Reid about him.

“He’s third choice up there at the moment, but they do believe in him and say he needs games. He’s been exceptional for us. You can see he’s a confident boy and he’s settled in like he’s been here a few weeks.

“Credit to the boys playing in front of him, they’ve helped him massively. He’s very focused and very driven and knows he needs games to put himself in the shop window.

“He believes he should be Sunderland’s No 1 and that can only help us because he’s so determined to do well.”

 

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