Stimpson ready to go this season

By Joe Usher

One of Scarborough’s newest signings Danny Stimpson said he can’t wait to get started on Saturday.

Danny Stimpson with his Man of the Match prize presented by former England and Owls striker David Hirst following the friendly against Sheffield Wednesday U23s

Stimpson, who spent time last year in the defence of one of Boro’s league rivals Tadcaster Albion, signed on earlier in pre-season after playing the opening friendlies as a trialist. He picked up a knock in the second half of the final friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, but has fully recovered in time for the weekend.

When asked what was so appealing about the challenge that Scarborough posed, Stimpson replied: “I knew as soon as I walked in that this was a club that belonged higher, the facilities are just like walking back into a professional club. And the challenge is to take this club back up the leagues.” 

The centre-half also claimed that manager Steve Kittrick was a huge influence in him joining, saying that the staff and the players were “fun, hard working and a great bunch to be around.” 

Its been a hard pre-season says Stimpson with the Boro boss putting the players through their paces from the first session.

“I was blowing after about half an hour against Sheffield United, but it got easier against Bridlington, and with every training session we feel more and more prepared for that first game against Hyde.” 

When asked what his ambitions were for this season the defender said: “With the dressing room and the staff we have and the backing of the fans, there's no reason we shouldn’t be battling at the top of the league, especially with the two promotion spots now available, that should be an added incentive to be right at the top of the league come late April. Everything is in place for a promotion push, the staff have worked meticulously to get us ready for that first game and we feel ready.”

Stimpson also went on to say that during the early pre-season games where he played as a trialist that the warm welcome from the fans was also a massive influence on his decision to put pen to paper and join Scarborough Athletic.

“I want to thank the fans for the warm welcome, despite not really knowing a lot about me they made me feel like i was welcome at the club.”

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