Waite came through the Ilkeston youth academy, scored the club's first ever competitive goal, and signed a two-year professional contract with the Northern Premier League Division One South club in March 2012. Later in the month he was signed by League One club Notts County, after impressing manager Keith Curle during a two-week trial. He made his debut for the club on 21 August 2012, replacing Lee Hughes 88 minutes into a 2–0 win over Hartlepool United at Meadow Lane. Goals from Francois Zoko and Neal Bishop maintained Notts County's 100% start to the League One season with a victory over Hartlepool. Waite scored his first goal for the club on the last day on the 2012–13 season, heading in the opening goal against Coventry.