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INTERVIEW: I jumped at the chance

16 July 2014

Danny Kearns talks about his move to Brunton Park

Midfielder Danny Kearns teamed up with his new team mates on Monday morning having agreed a two-year deal with the club last week following a relatively short period of discussion.

We spoke to him about the move ahead of his first training session.

“It all happened quite quickly but I’m pleased to get it done,” he said. “I’ve had interest and offers from elsewhere over the last two or three weeks but this one came up and I jumped at it.

“I was really interested as soon as I heard about it. My agent spoke to the manager and I think it was the ambition that you can see around the place that really swung it. The club is trying to play for something this season, in terms of getting back up into League One, and that’s really exciting.

“I didn’t want to just go somewhere where it’s going to be mid-table or lower half. I want to be at a place where there’s a desire to push on and hopefully I’ll play regularly and do my bit in helping us to get promoted.”

“It’s definitely the fact that the club wants to bounce back from what happened last season that has brought me here,” he confirmed. “I had a bit of success with Chesterfield in League Two last season and that was a really good experience. 

“I went through the same with Rotherham the year before so I have a bit of experience of what it takes to get promotion from this division. I’ve been involved in the crunch games, when you have to win to stay involved, and I know the atmosphere and expectancy that comes with all of that. It would be great to make it three in a row this time round.”

“It’s great to be coming to a club where you know you’re wanted,” he confirmed. “The manager did a lot of talking to my agent and we knew this was going to be a really good place for me to come. I’m here to get my head down and play games now. 

“I wouldn’t say I get nervous about coming to a new club at all. That’s probably because I moved away from home at such a young age. I’m the kind of person who just wants to get on with it and get settled. 

“The first couple of days are always hard because you have to meet new people and get to know how things work. Once I’ve played a game or two I know that will all change and we can go on from there.”

And with the rest of the squad having returned for pre-season ten days ago, meaning he has some catching up to do, he said: “I’ve been looking after myself through the summer so I’ll be fine. 

“I’m sure it’ll take a few days to get up to speed but that’s all part of the job. I’m looking forward to the challenge more than anything else and I’m just very happy to be here.”

The announcement of his signing brought an immediate positive reaction via the social media channels and he admitted that the reaction had been very nice to see ahead of his trip up to Brunton Park.

“The feedback from the fans has been brilliant,” he commented. “I’ve even had a few Chesterfield and Peterborough fans wishing me all the best and that’s really nice to see. My phone nearly blew up when it was announced that I’d signed and it’s good to read that it’s all been positive. 

“Hopefully I’ll bring a bit of creativity the squad. I like to attack and I like to try and take people on. I’ll be happy if I can get a few assists and chip in with the odd goal and, like I say, I want to do my bit in getting us back up the leagues.

“I see it as a good thing that we have the friendly game so soon after I’ve signed. I’m a bit tired from all the travelling I’ve had to do this weekend but I’ll get a good day or two of training and hopefully play a good part against Penrith.

“This is the next step in my career and I’m here to play games. My main aim is to help us to get that promotion. I hope that’s how it turns out.”

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