McGregor: "It was a no brainer to come here"
Giovanni McGregor was delighted to finally pull on the blue Wealdstone shirt after being a long-time target of Stuart Maynard and then having to wait three games before making his debut.
The Stones boss has tracked the midfield technician for a while but could not prize him out of Dulwich Hamlet last season. He finally got the out-of-contract 23-year-old last month and then had to wait for a two-game suspension and a knee injury to pass before he could field his new boy.
He let the former Brentford and Crystal Palace Academy player off the leash for the last 24 minutes against Boreham Wood on Saturday and would have been impressed with his performance in the stirring finale.
"It felt very good to be on the football pitch because I was out for a very long time," said McGregor. "It was nice to be able to help the team. The result didn't go well but we stuck to the game plan and kept on going but unfortunately it wasn't our day. We had a few chances – and hopefully we can be a bit more clinical next week and get the win."
McGregor has himself down as "a creative midfielder, someone who gets box-to-box" and he is keen "to add goals and assists to my game". "I want to add some flair and standout."
"Stuart wanted to get me last season, but I was tied down on contract and I was doing well, so the gaffer there didn't really want me going," he said. "But I just thought they were the best option for me now as this is a club heading in the right direction, playing my style of football. It was a no-brainer to come here."
McGregor adds to an array of central midfield options that includes Nathan Ferguson, Ashley Charles, Alex Dyer, Tarryn Allarakhia and Max Kretchschmar.
"The competition is what footballers want," said McGregor. "You don't want to be sitting there knowing that you're going to start every week. You want to be on edge and want to be the best player in training. No-one wants to be the worst trainer because you are going to get bantered, so healthy competition is only going to make the squad better."
McGregor will be pushing to make his full debut in the FA Cup on Saturday when the Stones face the Wood for the second time in a week.
"It'll be good to to beat them, especially to get revenge and get into the next round," he said. "We all know how big the FA Cup is and we saw last season how Boreham Wood had a good run, playing against the likes of Bournemouth and Everton. So if they could do it, why can't we?"
* Pictures by Jon Taffel and Mike Renny
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