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Reds sign McNerney

19 June 2015

Club News

Reds sign McNerney

19 June 2015

Defender is Mark Yates' second new signing

Reds are delighted to confirm the signing of central defender Joe McNerney on a two-year contract.

Joe has joined the club from Conference National side Woking, for whom he made more than 250 appearances. Last season Joe got his first call-up to the England C team for games against Turkey and Estonia.

Manager Mark Yates is delighted to bring the 25-year-old to the club.

He said: “I rate Joe as one of the best defenders in non-league football.

“He also has a real hunger to test himself at as high a level as he can. He could have stayed at Woking but when I spoke to him his desire to play in the 

Football League came across very strongly.

“He is a winner. He will put his body on the line for the club and he is going to be handy for us in the opposition’s box because of his set-piece threat.”

Joe is thrilled to get his first opportunity in the Football League.

He said: “In terms of a League career I have got some catching up to do but I can’t wait to get started.

“I know Jimmy (Dack) well. He was assistant manager at Woking when I broke into the team and we have kept in touch. The manager is very experienced at this level and I liked the way his teams played when he was at Cheltenham. He’s straight talking and honest and I like that.

“I’m looking forward to making the step up from the Conference. Woking had a good season last year and we weren’t a million miles behind the two teams (Barnet and Bristol Rovers) who went up, they had the advantage of full-time training.

“It’s going to be good to test myself against good League 2 strikers. I have come across quite a few of them before in friendlies before so I will know 

what to expect but with full-time training I think I am at a good age to really kick on and be a big part of what Mark and Jimmy are trying to achieve.”

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