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Joe ready to make step up

3 July 2015

Defender delighted to be with Reds

Summer signing Joe McNerney can't wait to test himself in full-time football for the first time in his career.

The 25-year-old central defender is one of four new captures by boss Mark Yates, who described the former Woking player as "one of the best defenders in non-league" when he joined the club last month.

Joe, who joined up with his new team-mates for pre-season on Wednesday, is hoping to live up to that billing.

He said: "It was a nice thing of the gaffer to say and it's now up to me to justify that.

"At my age I feel I am coming into my peak and that I needed to test myself at a higher level and I'm pleased to get the chance at Crawley.

"I was impressed with the Gaffer when we met and I know Jimmy (Dack) from my Woking days so I was delighted to sign for the club.

"Training has started and it's been really good. It seems like a good bunch of lads and we're going to be working hard for the next few weeks.

"I feel with full-time training I can become an even better player and that is my aim."

Joe was talking to Reds PlayerHD, our newly relaunched premium content service where you can see exclusive interviews and extended match highlights. To subscribe or watch the interview with Joe click here.

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