Defender explains decision to join the GreciansNew recruit Troy Brown admitted that Exeter City’s playing style had an influence on his decision to join the club.
Brown has featured against Paul Tisdale’s team in the colours of Ipswich Town, Aldershot and Cheltenham Town – and is now looking forward to donning the red and white of Exeter.
At the age of 24, he has already accumulated 170 senior appearances and so arrives with a lot of experience already – but he is hoping to continue developing during his time at St James Park.
He joined the club officially on Friday and now links up with his new teammates before the pre-season games programme kicks in.
“It’s great to finally get it done,” Troy said. “We’ve been talking for quite a while now and it’s good to finally be here.
“Exeter City has got a great philosophy – everyone knows they play good football. It’s a well-supported club and it’s a lovely part of the world to live in.
“When you play against them, you never have an easy game because Exeter like to pass the ball – for a majority of the game you’re chasing after the ball! Sometimes when you play against a team, you think, ‘I wouldn’t mind playing for them’ – this is one of them.
“That’s something I’m looking forward to. At some of my previous clubs, it hasn’t tended be the philosophy to get the ball down and play and make the pitch big. I’m looking forward to be a part of that.
“People keep reminding me I’m relatively young – I’ve played enough games now to say I’m fairly experienced. But I’d love to build on that and keep improving.”
He also feels that a close dressing room with plenty of talent should set the team up for a positive season.
The squad has been tweaked rather than overhauled, and he is looking forward to settling into a close group – beginning with a trip to Scotland for friendly games against East Fife and Arbroath.
He continued: “I know a couple of the lads anyway – I know Christian Ribeiro from my Wales days, and David Noble from when he came on loan to Cheltenham. So it has been good to get amongst the lads and enjoy training and the football.
“It seems to be a tight-knit bunch as it is – everyone gets along. There’s banter flying around already and I’ve only been here two days!
“You want that team cohesion to come along quite early, which we seem to have here already. Hopefully I can fit into that.
“You can see from the few days that I’ve been here that it is very technical-based and precise. Even in pre-season it’s about doing things right and properly, which is good – that bodes for success.”
Watch an interview with Troy below on Grecian PlayerHD.