Jonny Giles will join up with Steve Smith’s squad for the new season. A physics graduate from Durham University, he has previously played in League Two with Oxford United, as well as making nearly 100 appearances for Chelmsford City.
Giles said his conversations over a period of time with the boss influenced his decision to sign for the Blues, “I’ve known the gaffer for quite a few years now and after speaking to him I’ve always known that he’s got big ambitions for this club. I knew from the people I know here, you’ve got some very good players and players that will ant to compete and will want to go and try to win this league. That’s something that I really want to be a part of, a team that wants to win every week, wants to battle for each other, and try and push this club on really.”
A versatile attacking midfielder, he highlighted his desire to perform in a number of positions, “I can play on either wing or as a 10. I like to think I’m a little bit tricky, little bit of pace, get at players, and hopefully get a couple of goals and assists along the way.”
Despite being a new player to the club, Giles said he’s already settling in with the squad well, “They’re all great boys, and the boys I don’t know they’re all very welcoming, it’s very nice to have a few familiar faces, from the get go.”
Talking about what he’s been up in the last few months, he said “When lockdown happened I was training with a few Conference South sides over that period, which was great because it enabled me to carry on playing football while we were all in lockdown, at least training. I have been playing, I have been keeping fit, which is good, but we’ve got pre-season ahead of us to get back into proper shape, and we can go from there I think.”
Giles hopes to build on experience with previous clubs in how to break up the season and set targets as a team, “I try and set individual targets every year, but as a team that’s something you come together and set. I know I’ve done that at previous clubs, you look at the next 10 games, for example, and say this is the amount of points we want to get. If you don’t achieve that in the first five, then you’ve got to push on, really kick on for the next five.”
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