GARY Alexander says that he chose Burton Albion over a number of other clubs because of their position as promotion challengers.
The 34-year-old joined the Brewers from Crawley Town on the final day of the January transfer window last Friday, and came straight into the squad for his debut against Exeter City just a day later.
And after knowing his new team-mates for only a few hours, Alexander said he was impressed with his first impressions.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen the lads, but full credit to them for coming back.
“As soon as they scored, we responded with a goal straight away.
“That shows they’re hungry and that they want promotion.”
And it is that desire to get themselves into League One which attracted the former West Ham United trainee and Hull City striker to check in at the Pirelli Stadium.
Asked if he was aware that he would be leaving Crawley, he said: “To be honest, no.
“I got a phone call offering regular football, and when you get to my age and the opportunity comes, you have to take it.
“There were a couple of other clubs, but I chose Burton, and hopefully it will be a positive move.
“You look at their position, and they are a club on the up.
“They challenged for promotion last year, and they’re challenging again this year.
“They’ve put themselves in the position, and you’re not in the top seven or top six after 28 games if you don’t deserve to be there.”
With Billy Kee and Adam McGurk currently the strikers favoured by manager Gary Rowett, and the likes of Dominic Knowles on the bench and Michael Symes to return from injury, Alexander knows he has a fight on his hands to earn his place, especially given that his last start came nearly a month ago.
“I’d not had a game for three or four weeks as they keep getting called off,” said the experienced target man.
“It’s about getting up to speed, and it’s never easy coming off the bench.
“I’ve got to wait my time because they’re 29 games in and sitting seventh in the table.
“The lads have obviously been doing well, so I’ve got to come in and try and catch the eye, and when the time comes, hopefully I can do well and keep the shirt.”
Alexander is pleased to have the week to get to know the Albion players – other than Chris Hussey, with whom he played for AFC Wimbledon – and believes that once he and the club’s wingers are in synch, he will score goals.
“It’s important to get to know the lads, who’ve all been very welcoming so far,” he said.
“I’ve got a week with them now and hopefully we can grow together and I can understand them a little bit more so we can work together and put in some good performances.
On what he brings to Burton Albion’s strikeforce, Alexander said: “Experience, goals hopefully.
“I’ve scored goals all my career, so if the service is right and they put balls in the box, I’ll score goals.
“Hopefully with the wingers we’ve got here, the chances will come and hopefully I can score some important goals here.”