Danny Green: Wealdstone fans were a big factor in me joining
PUBLISHED: 19:30 05 June 2016
New Wealdstone signing Danny Green says the support the club generates played a big part in his decision to sign for them.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who joined from fellow National League South side Margate last week, says the Stones faithful are like no other in the division.
He told the Times: “I’ve always had a lot of time for the club from afar. The following they get at this level is unbelievable.
“When I was at Maidenhead and Margate they brought a few hundred away. They almost turn it into a home game, which no doubt helps the lads enormously on the pitch.
“To have the number of fans they do travelling to away games is unheard of at this level, so that was a pivotal factor in me signing for the club.
“Having fans who support you up and down the country can only be a good thing. You can see the bond the players have here with the fans.
“The pitch is half decent as well [at home], it’s a good place to play your football.”
And Green, who brings a wealth of experience to the Stones squad, has admitted it was a relief to finally get the deal over the line, after missing out on signing for them the previous summer.
He added: “I’m really pleased we’ve been able to get it done early, as I was a bit gutted it didn’t happen last year, but for one reason or another it didn’t.
“But that doesn’t matter because I’m here now and can’t wait for next season to start now.”
Another huge draw for Green was the opportunity to work with Gordon Bartlett, who has made no secret of his delight in bringing the former Dagenham & Redbridge man to the club.
“When you chuck Gordon into the equation, who is very reputable and knows a lot about the game, it would have been very hard to turn an opportunity like this down,” said Green.
“That was one of the main things that attracted me to the club [Gordon’s experience]. I’m very much one of those players who needs to be pushed in the right areas and have a manager put their arm around me.
“I’ve played in a lot of different positions for people and clubs in the past. It’s not all about me, but you need someone who can bring the best out of you in football, and he’s certainly someone who I think can do that for me moving forward.”
Green believes Bartlett is doing the right thing at Wealdstone in trying to build the club up, something his former side had no interest in doing.
“I’ve just been involved in a money-ball scheme [at Margate], where they threw a certain amount of money at players coming out of the Football League,” explained Green.
“The outcome of that showed you that going down that route at this level doesn’t bring about any success whatsoever the vast majority of the time.
“You look at Leicester and the team bond they have in their squad, and that’s a huge reason why they shocked everyone [and won the title].
“If we can generate the same sort of spirit here, I think we can surprise a few people next season.”
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