Farnborough confirmed the signing of Staines Town captain Lewis Ferrell on Wednesday, and farnboroughfc.co.uk caught up with our new defender for an exclusive interview.

Reacting exclusively to farnboroughfc.co.uk following signing, the former Swans skipper said: “I’m excited to get the season started now, a fresh start is sometimes what you need as a player, to prove yourself again is always important.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Staines, it’s a great Club who gave me a platform to play 100+ games at this level and captain them for a season. I will always be grateful to the management, board,  players and fans for that. But I felt to progress individually I needed to get back into defence.”

Ferrell added, “I know a few of the boys here already, so I’ve done my homework and of course I was aware of the facilities before I joined.”

The 23-year-old, who linked up well with Staines Town manager Marcus Gayle at Wheatsheaf Park, revealed he asked for the advice of Spencer Day and Leigh Dynan about his next move: “I think near the end of the season my mind was made up I wanted a fresh start. A few Clubs came in for me and I spoke to a lot of people [about] what move would be best for me, after speaking to the gaffer and Leigh a lot, this felt right.”

Ferrell can’t wait to get started under the new boss, and is confident Farnborough can shine in the Conference South next term, explaining: “No [I can’t wait to get started under the new boss] – pre season, apart from the feared running which no player particularly likes, is one of the best times of the year.

“Playing against the bigger Clubs, on nicer pitches in better climates I’m sure everyone enjoys more. Obviously the World Cup prior to this will make everyone hungrier to start. Yes most definitely, I wouldn’t of joined the Club if they didn’t match my ambitions.”

Ferrell was hugely influential in defence captaining Staines Town last season

The former Hampton & Richmond Borough skipper, made 40 appearances for the Swans last season, scoring one goal, and formed a key part of Gayle’s side who took four points off Farnborough in the league and knocked them out of FA Trophy.

A positive Ferrell explained, “I hope I can bring a bit of experience, I know I’m only 23 but feel I’ve played a lot of games and can read the game quiet well. I’m quiet vocal on and off the pitch so hope to fit in with the boys quick and spark a togetherness and team spirit.”

The young utility man is determined to win as many games as possible and establish Farnborough in the League this season as well as achieving some personal targets, stating: “Personally I set myself the same targets every year. 40+ games, a few Man of the Matches and a couple of goals. This is always my bench mark and I hope to reach them.

“At Farnborough I don’t want to set a limit, I want to win as many games, collect as many points and establish ourselves in the league. If we finish in the playoffs, mid-table or another position I hope we have reached our potential.”

Ferrell admitted that his target is to play at a higher level in the future, saying: “That’s my target [ – playing at a higher level]. I’ve been a profressional for one season at Brentford when I was 19, played pro with Hayes & Yeading in the Conference and played 30+ games there, so I have done it and am determined to one day get back there.

“I don’t believe in standing still and feel last season I learnt a lot about the game playing various positions and picking up the utility tag. I’m a defender and I want to be the best player I can be this season on and off the field.”

Finally, Ferrell has a message for the Farnborough fans, adding: “Just a big thank you to all the fans who have welcomed me on social networking sites already, and buckle up for the roller coaster season ahead!”

A massive thank you to Lewis Ferrell for his time and we wish Lewis all the best as he kick-starts his new Farnborough career. You can also follow Lewis on Twitter @LewisFerrell, and view his player profile here: Lewis Ferrell.

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