Exeter City’s new signing Jimmy Oates says he is “over the moon’ to sign for the club following a successful trial period.
The Australian defender, who arrives after leaving Hereford where he helped captain the club to promotion last season, will link up with Matt Taylor’s squad permanently after featuring against the likes of Bideford, Truro City, Bath City and Weymouth in recent weeks and impressing.
On his arrival at St James Park, Jimmy said: “I’m over the moon. It has been a big three weeks, coming in is never easy but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I’m looking to getting properly started with the team.
“The boys have been awesome, they’ve welcomed me with open arms, it’s been good to play with them straight away and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Jimmy had previously worked alongside his new manager some years ago at Hartpury College, and the 27-year-old says he is looking forward to what lies ahead this season under Matt Taylor.
He said: “I’ve got a lot of respect for Matt having known him previously at Hartpury College. I’m a big fan of what he is doing here and what he is trying to implement. I’m looking forward to working with him in the future.”
Jimmy has had a slightly different journey to the Football League compared to many of his new teammates, having represented the Central Coast Mariners in Australia before departing for England in search of earning a professional contract.
He explained: “I used to play in the National Youth League with Central Coast Mariners, but I had a bit of injury trouble so from about 20-22 I was struggling a little bit. It’s good to come over here and get another chance.
“I’m definitely up for the challenge. Coming over here was a dream of mine, to play league football, and now that I’ve got this opportunity I look forward to making my debut and going from there.”