Yeovil Town's new signing Sam Foley has said that the challenge of playing at League One level was impossible to turn down. The former Newport County midfielder/striker has agreed a one year contract with the club for the 2012-13 season, which he will sign on July 1st, giving him a second chance of making it in the Football League after spending time on Cheltenham Town's books as their Youth Team captain.
Foley has been with Newport since February 2009, scoring 38 goals from 96 starts, in almost 150 appearances for the South Wales side, and last season was their top scorer with 12 goals to his name. He has told the South Wales Argus that having turned 25 years old now, he wanted to give League football a second shot:
"Iím very excited by the move. It wasnít an easy decision but I think it was a good one for me. Newport County will always be close to my heart and if there was one club where I could have played the whole of my career it would be Newport. I was very happy and the club offered me a new contract but I had my heart set on progressing and the opportunity to play in League One is just amazing. I know I can play at that level and itís a short career. The time has gone so fast since I joined and Iím 25 now so itís the right time to move on."
The former Irish Under-18 international has been likened to Gavin Williams in his style of play by his new boss Gary Johnson. Foley said that another reason for him choosing the Glovers was that he could see the size of the first team squad as being an advantage in forming good relationships with his new team-mates:
"We had a great team spirit (at Newport) and that is one of the reasons Iíve chosen Yeovil because Gary Johnson has a small squad with great camaraderie there, it reminds me of Newport. Hopefully they (Newport) can join me in the League before too long."
Foley's old boss Justin Edinburgh, who managed Rushden and Diamonds when they played Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, admitted that he was sorry to lose his player, but found it hard to knock his decision, feeling that he had played a part in progressing the player's career:
"Weíre disappointed to see Sam leave but it is a great opportunity for him to play in League One. With the form he showed since I came to the club he will be missed but he was out of contract and wanted to better himself. We wish him all the best. He wasnít a regular when I arrived so I take some satisfaction from the move. I think I developed him as a player so there is a bit of pride there and for his team-mates who helped him as well."
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