Scarborough Athletic new signing Nathan Peat "can't wait to get started" after joining the club from North Ferriby United this week.
The defender, who has also enjoyed spells at Hull and York City, was persuaded to join after a series of conversations with the Boro joint-managers Bryan Hughes and Paul Foot, who in the words of Peat "sold it to me."
He said: "Paul Foot rang me up and said that he was looking for a new centre-back at Scarborough. Once I'd spoken to Bryan as well and heard his vision for the club and the plans they have put in place it was an easy decision to say yes."
Peat, 32, played a key part in the FA Trophy Final victory for the Villagers back in March, scoring the crucial fifth penalty to help secure the trophy after a nail biting final against Wrexham. Despite this success, Peat had thought about hanging up his boots until the phone call from the Boro joint manager.
"I had thought about retiring so I could spend some more time with my little girl, but the opportunity to work again with Paul and Bryan, to help bring through some of the younger lads in the squad and to play again with Gary Bradshaw, Chris Bolder, Dan Clayton and a few others made it an easy decision to join."
Peat has played as a left-back all of his career, but did spend a season at centre-back alongside the Boro joint-manager Paul Foot at the Villagers and would like to play there again.
"I can play either left-back or at centre-half. My main attribute is my organisational skills after over 400 games in non league, and that experience has helped me to anticipate what will happen next.
Peat is not comcerned by the drop in leagues from Conference North to the Evo-Stik, seeing the move as a chance to enjoy his football again.
"Last season I wasn't getting the games at Ferriby and wasn't enjoying my football as much as I have previously. It doesn't matter what level of football you are playing, you need to enjoy it, and the prospect of a new challenge at Scarborough has given me that opportunity."
Peat will join up with the Boro squad as part of the friendly against the Scarborough League XI at Silver Royd this afternoon. (3pm KO)