Former Chelsea and Fulham left back Jon Harley has an FA Cup winner's medal to his name and can boast plenty of Premier League experience - but he nevertheless insists he has had a "dull" career that he can now liven up by helping his new club Notts County to gain promotion from npower League 1.
Harley, who was part of Chelsea's 2000 FA Cup winning squad, has joined the Magpies from Championship club Watford and - having never before played below Championship level - he is determined to get back there as quickly as possible with a County side chasing a second successive promotion.
The 30-year-old defender said: "I may have an FA Cup winner's medal but I've never been promoted, never been relegated and not come too close to either. I reckon I've had quite a dull career, so to get a promotion would be fantastic - I'm desperate to get one and to do it this season would be great."
Harley's move has re-united him with two former Sheffield United colleagues, Craig Short - recently appointed County's Manager following the departure of Steve Cotterill - and Dave Kevan, who coached both Harley and central defender Short at Bramall Lane and is now Assistant Manager at Meadow Lane.
It was this management team that persuaded Harley to drop down a division. "I spoke to Craig and Dave," said the new signing, "and it was obvious that there's a lot of ambition here. They're not content to be in League 1 even though they've only just got here, they plan to get up to the Championship and push on."
Harley is settling quickly into his new surroundings and is eagerly looking forward to the new season as the League 2 champions look to prove just as impressive in the higher division. "I've only been here a few days," he said, "but I've been impressed with what I've seen - there's some real quality in the squad.
"I knew a bit about the side from watching them on TV a few times last season and so it's not really a step into the unknown for me. I obviously don't know League 1 like I know the Championship, but I'm really excited about going into the new season and hopefully helping the club to achieve more success.
"On a personal level I've had a few years where I've played a good number of games but lots of them as substitute, and that's been frustrating. I'm as fit as I've ever been and I reckon I could play 40 to 50 games a season, so I want to get out there, play as many games as possible and be part of a successful team."
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