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Alexander: It's a new challenge

31 January 2014

Striker talks of delight after joining Brewers

New Burton Albion signing Gary Alexander is relishing the challenge that he faces with his new club.

Alexander made the deadline day move from League One Crawley Town, and is looking forward to making an impact with the Brewers.

“It’s a new challenge and one that I’m looking forward to. You only have to look at the position that Burton are in and they have a great chance of making League One.

“I got a phone call to say the option was there and if I could sort things out at Crawley then the move would be possible. I had a couple of choices but Burton is the one I‘ve chosen and hopefully it can be a positive one,” said Alexander.

Alexander had spent two and a half years at Crawley, and felt the time was right to move on.

“I’ve only started 12 games and as a footballer you have to realise you’re getting older but it’s still not nice to not be in the team. You want to be playing, and I think I’m still a good player. Hopefully I can come here now and force my way into the team.

“I’ve had an up and down time at Crawley. I’ve been out on loan, been a manager and I’ve played. It’s been a fun couple of years and I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been time to move on for a little while and there’s a sense of a fresh challenge and it’s one I’m looking forward to,” Alexander added.

The 34 year-old striker said the chance of adding to an already successful squad persuaded him to make the move to the Pirelli Stadium.

“At my age, I want to be challenging for medals and promotions. They’re the things you remember and looking at Burton, they’re four points off the top and there’s no reason why they can’t win the league or go up automatically. It’s a challenge for me and for the lads but I think it’s one we can achieve,” Alexander said.

Alexander joins what is a young squad, and had previous managerial experience, is looking forward to lending his experience to the other members of the squad.

“When you get to my age, most of the players are young in the team but it’s something I look forward to. It just shows how well they’re doing that they’re sitting high in League Two, which isn’t an easy league, and hopefully we can kick on.

“It’s a challenge and one to look forward to with a young squad. Its credit to them the position they’re in and if I can add that little bit to get them over the line then so be it and it’ll end up being a good move,” Alexander explained

Alexander has spent most of his career in League One, and says the prospect of dropping down to League Two presents a new challenge.

“It’s a different challenge because it’s a different league. Crawley have got a few games in hand and if they win them they have an outside chance of making the play-offs. 

"Coming here we’re four points off the top so with a couple of wins in a row we can find ourselves top, and that’s a challenge in itself.”

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