Jimmy Beadle is looking forward to getting into the action after signing for Scarborough Athletic.
The former Scarborough FC man trained with the club on Thursday night and he is now ready to make his bow against Maltby on Saturday at Queensgate.
After that he is jumping straight into the melting pot when Boro host derby rivals Bridlington Town on Boxing Day.
He said: “I went training the other night and I felt better than I thought I would, I wasn’t that rusty at all. Obviously now I just want to get playing football.
“I’m a bit straight into the fire because I don’t expect to be playing much against Maltby, but I’ll be trying to get on the pitch against Brid.
“There will be a lot of fans there, the match will have a great atmosphere and it could possibly be my first game, but who knows?
“There is a bit of hostility between Scarborough Athletic and Brid. People try to play that down in football today, but there will be people out there that aren’t too fond of each other. That could mean a few tasty tackles flying in.
“There are so many people that know each other in each side, with a number of Brid’s team coming from Scarborough, so the rivalry on the day will be fantastic.”
Beadle began his career at Scarborough FC as a centre-back, but since then he has pressed further up the pitch into the centre of the park, which is where he wants to be playing with Boro.
“I hope to be playing in the centre of midfield, but it is difficult at the moment because I hear that Tommy Adams and Pete Davidson are both playing well,” he added.
“That is where I have been for the past few years of my career so I don’t really want that to change.
“My game is about staying around the edge of the box and popping up with a few goals.
“I have scored 15 and then 16 goals in the past few seasons from the centre of midfield and I will be aiming for something similar when I get going with Scarborough.”
Beadle also revealed that one of the main reasons he signed for the club was long-term friend Robbie Hawkes, who will join him in the squad on Saturday afternoon.
He added: “I have a lot of respect for Robbie, he has had some tough times in his life, but he has come through as a really good player.
“He came up to Whitby a couple of seasons ago for a trial and I was pushing for the manager to sign him.
“I really rate him as a player and he is one of the main reasons that I am here.”