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💬 Sam Stubbs: "This is really exciting for me and I’m really happy. There is a lot about Exeter that made me join the club."

City's newest recruit on signing for the Grecians

21 January 2021

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Sam Stubbs has sat down with us to discuss his move to the club and says he can't wait to get going.

22-year-old Stubbs joins the club from Fleetwood Town on a two and a half year deal but it is a move that had been delayed, as he tested positive for Covid-19 as he was ready to put pen to paper. After ten days of self isolation in his new surroundings, Stubbs can't wait to finally meet up with his new teammates and make his City debut. 

"It was strange because I didn’t have any symptoms but then I lost my taste and had a bit of a headache," he said on his first day at the Cat & Fiddle training ground.

"I can’t complain because there’s nothing I could do and there are people really suffering from it.

"There was a lot of FaceTime with my family during quarantine and I played online with an old teammate from Middlesbrough. I had some gym equipment to pass the time as well."

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Stubbs, despite his age, has a wealth of football experience across the leagues - as well as a short spell in the Netherlands - but says he had been drawn to Exeter City for some time.

"There is a lot about Exeter City that made me join the club. The biggest thing for me is that they were interested in me for a while and the way the club are. They are really good at developing players and getting the best out of them.

"Everyone always says great things about Exeter, they always say it’s a great club with great people."

The former Everton academy product describes himself as an 'old-school' defender much like his Dad, ex-Bolton, Everton and Celtic's Alan, and has given us a taste of what we can expect from him.

"I can guarantee I will do absolutely everything for the club, for the manager and my team mates. I just love playing football and being out there winning and ultimately what I want to do is move up the leagues with Exeter City.

"I love to defend and get my head on it, blocking shots and crosses."

Stubbs is no stranger to League Two, having made his debut for Crewe Alexandra coincidentally against the Grecians at SJP, and also featured for Notts County before they dropped out of the Football League. Back in the fourth tier, he has set out his ambitions.

"I know all about this division and what it's like. I’ve been relegated from it so I know how hard it can be. My goal is just to help get us promoted."


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