New Crawley signing McNerney is highly-rated by Yates

Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates 19-05-2015.  SR1510667. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152625001
Crawley Town FC unveil new manager Mark Yates 19-05-2015. SR1510667. Pic by Steve Robards SUS-150519-152625001

Crawley Town’s second new summer signing Joe McNerney has been labelled amongst the best defenders in non-league football.

The 25-year-old has joined Reds from Conference Premier side Woking on a two-year deal.

The centre-back also has an England C team call-up under his belt and had made more than 250 appearances for the Cards.

He becomes Mark Yates’ second new signing and the Crawley boss was happy to sing his new recruit’s praises.

He said: “I rate Joe as one of the best defenders in non-league football.

“He also has a real hunger to test himself at as high a level as he can. He could have stayed at Woking but when I spoke to him his desire to play in the Football League came across very strongly.

“He is a winner. He will put his body on the line for the club and he is going to be handy for us in the opposition’s box because of his set-piece threat.”

McNerney said: “In terms of a League career I have got some catching up to do but I can’t wait to get started.

“I know Jimmy (Dack) well. He was assistant manager at Woking when I broke into the team and we have kept in touch. The manager is very experienced at this level and I liked the way his teams played when he was at Cheltenham. He’s straight talking and honest and I like that.

“I’m looking forward to making the step up from the Conference. Woking had a good season last year and we weren’t a million miles behind the two teams (Barnet and Bristol Rovers) who went up, they had the advantage of full-time training.”