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McGinn: "I'm excited to get going"

30 June 2016

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The Spireites have looked to help plug their full-back gap with the signing of Paul McGinn from Dundee, and the Scot is looking to make a quick start to his Spireites career.

The 25-year-old paid his first visit to the Proact on Thursday and spoke optimistically about his opportunity to team up with Danny Wilson's squad.

"I'm really pleased, delighted," he said "This is the first time I've actually been to the stadium and to be here, see how good it is, everyone's talked so highly about the club, so I'm excited to get going.

"The move came out the blue when I was on holiday, there was a player I used to play with called Simon Ferry who I'm sure Danny Wilson had at Swindon. 

"He phoned me and told me the manager was looking for a right-back and was interested in me. I'm not sure if he's had any input at all but it moved on from there."

The Glaswegian was also impressed with what will soon be his home surroundings: "It's lovely, the pitch is looking great and I've heard that when the stands are full, and I'm sure there'll be a good few opportunities for that this season, I'm sure there is a great atmosphere."

With Drew Talbot moving on this summer, the Spireites defensive flanks were looking bare, but with the recruitment of McGinn and the planned return to fitness of Dan Jones, the positions are becoming filled.

McGinn described the kind of right-back that he is: "I'm quite quick so I like to get up and down as much as I can, first and foremost I need to defend, that's been drummed into me, but I do like to get forward and get up and down the pitch."

After spells north of the border at clubs including Dumbarton and Queens Park the move represents McGinn's first taste of life playing in England, and he's looking forward to matching up against some new opposition faces.

"I think I'm going to enjoy only playing teams twice a season," he explained. "In the SPL you play each orther at least four times a season. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the games are against Celtic and Rangers, some big games, then you had the derby with Dundee United.

"Down here we've got the Sheffield United derby and others, I'm looking forward to them and hoping to do well, with the fans taking to me."

"It was a relatively easy decision to come down. There was some other interest, but with Simon (Ferry) speaking so highly about the manager it made things easier. My older brother Stephen was at Sheffield United for a while so I knew what I was coming down to."

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