Nicholls: “I’m excited to be here”

Loanee looking forward to getting going with the Grecians

New Exeter City loanee Alex Nicholls is looking forward to getting going in an Exeter City shirt, after making the short-term switch to the club on Monday from Northampton Town.

The forward was in something of a compromising position last weekend – he was on the bench for the Cobblers when the Grecians visited Sixfields, knowing full well that his move to St James Park would be concluded within a few days.  However he approached the game with a professional manner for his parent club.

Nicholls had spent a few days in training with his new teammates in the previous week, and got to know some of the faces at the Cat & Fiddle before making the move.

And now he is just keenly anticipating the chance to get out on the pitch for City for the first time and hopefully bringing an extra dimension to the Grecian attack.

“I spent a couple of days training with the Exeter lads the week before so I knew all the lads there [on Saturday],” said Nicholls.  “It was very strange and obviously I was contracted to Northampton, so if I had been thrown on at the weekend I would have tried my best for them.

“I met Steve Perryman and the manager [last week] and they were very welcoming.  They are a great bunch of lads in the dressing room and I really enjoyed my couple of days training with them.

“I’m really excited to be here.  I sat down and spoke with the manager and I’m really looking forward to playing under him.

“We’ll take it from there and see how we go, but it’ll be good to get some minutes in – and even better to get some goals.

“I’ve always been a direct player with pace and power, and I’m looking to bring that to Exeter and give them more of an attacking threat.  Hopefully I’ll chip in with a few goals as well.”

Nicholls spent a prolonged spell out of action until recently.  After a prolific start to his Northampton career, he sustained an injury whilst putting the ball in the net against Port Vale in a League 2 fixture.

And now he is looking forward to getting back out on the pitch in this new opportunity with the Grecians and pushing on with his playing career.

“I rolled the ball in the net and then got hit a bit late after that,” he explained.  “But that’s in the past and in the history books.  I’m looking from today and I’m looking forward.

“It was an incredibly long time to be out, but I’ve got a really supportive family and they helped me every step of the way.

“It was nice to get back to a bit of normality at the start of pre-season by getting back on the pitch and playing a few games.  It was a great feeling and an emotional time.”