Why I'm Hir

HIRAM Boateng swapped South London for the South West with the aim of helping Argyle get promoted.

The Crystal Palace teenager has been enticed to Home Park on a half-season loan by new Pilgrims’ gaffer Derek Adams’ vision.

“I’ve been attracted by the manager – he said he likes my style of play and wants me here to help get promoted; hopefully, I can do that and hit the ground running,” said the 19-year-old central midfielder.

The admiration is mutual, with Derek having said that Hiram adds some extra elements to the Pilgrims’ midfield blend, components which the Londoner identifies as: “That attitude where I will give it my all on the pitch and will do what it takes to get the win; my passing ability; and I just fight to the end.”

Hiram, who made his Palace first-team debut a week after his 17th birthday, was in and around the Eagles’ Premier League squad for most of last season without seeing any senior game-time.

“It was hard, being on the bench and being that close to it,” he said. “I feel that [this move] is going to give me the opportunity to get a step closer.

“I have been at Palace since I was nine but I still feel I have a lot to learn in the game. Being here is going to help me do that. I feel that I can show my worth.

“It’s a case of getting experience.  I think that is going to help me in the long run – showing I can do it at this level. It will give me more of a chance when I do go back to Palace eventually.”