New signing Ricardo determined to hit the ground running with Reds
New signing Ricardo German wants to hit the ground running after joining Reds on New Year’s Day.
The 19-year-old has signed a three-year contract after scoring 21 goals in 28 games for Southern League Hendon this season. Previously Ricardo spent three seasons with Chesterfield.
After watching the 2-0 win over Colchester on Tuesday, he said: “It’s a real pleasure to sign for the club and I’m really privileged to get the opportunity here. It’s such a good club who are now established in the Football League. It’s a big step from Hendon but I’ve been played at Chesterfield and I’ve been in League Two before so I know what it’s going to be like.
“I’ve got to work hard now to impress the gaffer and show people what I can do – starting tomorrow when I train with the lads for the first time.”
One familiar face in the squad is Ashley Nathaniel-George, who also signed for Reds from Hendon in the summer and who went to the same school as Ricardo.
“I know Ash well and he’s done really well since he came here," added Ricardo.
"If you look at the squad the manager gives young players a chance. I need to work hard in training and hopefully impress him but I am looking forward to being in a full-time environment again.
“I’ve always loved scoring goals. That’s what strikers are paid to do. Goals keep you in the team and that’s all I want to keep doing now I am here at Crawley.”