City striker relishing return to League Two action during Exeter loan spell
PUBLISHED: 10:34 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:34 04 July 2018
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Tristan Abrahams can't wait to get back into Football League action after joining Exeter on a season-long loan from Norwich City.
The 19-year-old scored two goals in nine appearances for Leyton Orient before joining the Canaries in the summer of 2017 and is looking forward to returning to League Two.
The striker made his O’s debut as a 17-year-old, scoring in a 2-2 draw at Luton in his fifth appearance as a substitute, earning his first start and scoring in the next game as well, a 2-1 home win over Hartlepool.
Abrahams was unable to prevent Orient dropping in to non-league though and joined up with City, scoring nine goals in 27 games for the under-23s last season.
“It’s a division I’ve missed, playing in the under-23s,” he said. “But to get back to men’s football and the passion, the crowds, the whole atmosphere is great.
“They are goals I’ll never forget, it was a special feeling.”
Exeter finished fourth to narrowly miss out on automatic promotion last season and were then beaten 3-1 by Coventry at Wembley in the League Two play-off final.
That led to manager Paul Tisdale leaving after 12 years in charge and U23s boss Matt Taylor taking over. The new Grecians boss turned to Canaries U23 boss Matt Gill to recruit Abrahams, who made over 150 appearances for Exeter as a player.
“I just think it’s the perfect club (for him), they are run right, the type of football they play I think suits me and obviously they are pushing for promotion and I think I can help,” the striker continued.
“Speaking to the manager, he’s big on developing young players and I thought it would be perfect for me, to take me to the next level.”
Gill had two spells at James Park during his midfield days, between 2006 and 2009, and again in 2013/14.
“He was talking about my development,” Abrahams added of Gill, speaking to Exeter’s website. “Playing league football and getting used to it again, so for me it’s just about trying to get better and to get to the next level.
“He told me what a big club it was and what it meant to him so when I heard that, and spoke to the manager, it was the perfect move.”