After completing his ‘no-brainer’ move, Cal Roberts says he wants to kick on with us as he looks to achieve his aim of playing in the Premier League.
The winger signed from Blyth Spartans on Monday, a side he’d scored 17 times for in the first part of 2019-20 following his release from boyhood club Newcastle United in the summer.
And, once he learned we were interested in his services, it was an easy decision for our new number 37, who’s hoping to add a spark to the side.
“I’m buzzing to be here,” said Roberts. “When my agent rang me and said Notts County have come in for me it was a no-brainer.
“I’ve been delighted from the minute I got the call to the moment I signed my contract.
“I’m a quick player, who looks to dribble with the ball and run at people.
“I like one-v-ones and scoring and making goals, so hopefully I can do that here.
"I want to get this club back where it belongs and personally do well here, too.
“Everybody who plays football has to aim as high as they can and my target is to be in the Premier League."
Roberts scored at Meadow Lane in the Checkatrade Trophy in October 2018 and, having enjoyed a tour of his new surroundings this afternoon, he's impressed with our infrastructure and ambition.
“You don’t quite appreciate the set-up when you’re on the pitch but once you come inside you see that everything is brand new and really good,” he said.
“The manager and Neil Cox spoke to me on the phone and seemed really pleased to bring me here and hearing from them left me with absolutely no doubt about coming.
“They’ve got one objective which is to get promoted. That’s my mindset now so I’ll be like every other lad in the changing room with that aim.
“I’m fresh and ready to go and can’t wait to make my debut, which hopefully will be on Saturday.”
The winger’s time in the National League North with Spartans has given him sustained exposure to men’s football for the first time in his career and helped rejuvenate him after the disappointment of his release from Newcastle.
“Last season was a big knock for my confidence and the reason to go to Blyth was to find some form and have that love for the game again,” he revealed.
“I’ve done that and I’m enjoying my football, which is the most important thing.
“It was hard to adapt to the men’s game. They try to implement it at Newcastle with Checkatrade Trophy matches but you don’t get a real taste of it until you play week in, week out.
“That’s what I’ve been doing so I enjoyed every minute of my time at Blyth and coming here is a big chance for me.”
Roberts will wear squad number 37 and you can sponsor him by contacting email@example.com or call 0115 955 7241.