All Whites striker Ben Waine is in for a big season with English Championship side Plymouth Argyle, says the club’s Director of Football Neil Dewsnip.
Waine (22) only had limited game time at Argyle following his January transfer from the Wellington Phoenix, due to an ankle injury and being behind in-form strikers Ryan Hardie and Niall Ennis in the team’s pecking order.
Argyle return to the Championship for the first time in 13 seasons, and meet Huddersfield Town in their opening game on Sunday morning (NZT).
Main photo: Ben Waines scores for Argyle last season.
Dewsnip has told Plymouth LIve he likes what he saw of Waine last season, and thinks better times are ahead.
“I thought his contributions were excellent and I think he would have done more for us other than he got injured towards the end of the season so couldn’t play.
“We are really excited by Ben’s potential. He will be working very hard to get in the team. Last year, we had front players on fire so, quite rightly, (manager) Steven (Schumacher) was loathe to change those players at that time.
“I think we have all seen glimpses of what he hopefully can do, and I tell you what has jumped out to me, the fans have taken to him.
“He’s everything I think we would want from an Argyle young player.
“Ben is certainly a type you can trust, that works incredibly hard to improve so I’m really excited by the potential he has got.
“And I’m really excited for him, and for all of us, to see what he could do this coming season.”
Waine will wear the number 23 shirt for Argyle and goes into the club’s season opener against Huddersfield Town as one of only two fit strikers in the squad, the other being last season’s top scorer Ryan Hardie.
Argyle won promotion to the Championship from League One last season, and were beaten in the final of the Papa John–sponsored English Football League Cup by Bolton Wanderers.