Ben Turner says his desire to work under Neal Ardley was one of the biggest driving forces behind him choosing to sign for Notts County.
The imposing centre back arrived at Meadow Lane earlier today having turned down offers from higher in the pyramid.
And Turner is looking forward to getting to work under his new boss.
“I was with the manager at Cardiff when I was a player there and I liked him then and have monitored his managerial career since,” he said.
“When I spoke to him I just got a good feeling about coming to work with him. He’s my kind of guy – a good man who I’d like to help climb the ranks again.
“Everything here has come together to produce something that I really fancied getting involved with. I like the idea of a fresh start under new ownership.
“Hopefully there will be a few others who will be coming in and we can get together as a tight group.
“Let’s hope we can produce something which makes everyone at the club happy again.”
Ardley is delighted to have added a defender of Turner’s stature to his ranks having identified Notts’ lack of physicality as a weakness.
And Turner is more than willing to step up to the plate when it comes to winning his battles.
“I like to defend more than anything,” he said. “I’m a bit more old-school than most centre backs that are coming through academies now.
“I’m probably the last of a generation of big, solid guys who keeps it simple and wins headers and tackles.
“If I’m winning them, I’m playing well – and that’s what I’m aiming to do.”