Paul Tisdale snaps up wing ace Arron Davies
WELSH wing wizard Arron Davies has today become Exeter City's third new signing of the week, after agreeing a two-year deal at St James's Park.
The 28-year-old, who was finalising his release from Northampton Town as the Echo went to press yesterday, follows the lead of defenders Kevin Amankwaah and Pat Baldwin, who sealed their own moves to the Grecians on Monday.
And boss Paul Tisdale's resources will be further boosted today (Thursday) when striker John O'Flynn signs a new contract for the coming season.
With the squad taking shape, Davies says he cannot wait to get started at his new club in order take out some of the frustrations he endured last season on League Two's defences.
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Having made a promising start to life with the Cobblers under Gary Johnson, the former Welsh international found himself frozen out of the side following Adie Boothroyd's arrival at the end of November.
Davies said: "That has just made me more angry and determined to play well this season. I can't get that time back, it's gone now. I had a good start to last season and scored a few goals, so hopefully I can start this season the same way and carry it on through the season.
"I'm delighted to get signed here. I have met Paul a few times and he sold the club to me. It's brilliant the way he likes to play football, which seems to suit me, and he said he wants to get the best out of me.
"As a player that's what you want to hear – it's music to my ears – a manager who puts his faith in you and is willing to back you.
"Hopefully we can have a good working relationship and if you play with a smile on your face I think that makes you play 10 per cent better."
After several years of changing clubs in quick succession, Davies hopes City can offer him a settled environment in which to rediscover the kind of form that saw him help Yeovil Town to the League One play-off final in 2007, prior to a big money move to Nottingham Forest.
And Tisdale echoed those sentiments, pointing out how he has experience of enhancing the careers of players in a similar position to Davies.
The manager said: "He's at a good stage of his career, it's a good opportunity for him, he's the right type of player to fit in with us.
"He's an attack-minded player and I had to find some of those to come into the squad. He plays that left flank role very well and can play other positions. I think we are a good fit for each other.
"He can be a matchwinner, he can score goals and he's a good team player. There's a nice mix there.
"Scott Golbourne, Richard Duffy – there's a whole list of players who have got good moves and then found themselves wanting an opportunity to play some football and gain some points again. I see Arron in that boat really."
Meanwhile, Tisdale is pleased O'Flynn has decided to stay with City.
Having impressed in his first season at the club, the striker's progress last season was severely hampered by a knee problem which restricted him to 10 starts, 14 substitute appearances and two goals.
However, Tisdale is confident the Irishman will return to City this summer in better shape.
"I wanted continuity and he's the right type of person and player for our building process," Tisdale said.
"He wanted to stay. He didn't have his most productive season last season. He was affected for most of the season last year.
"Hopefully he will come back fully fit and here is a chance to perform, make up for some lost time last season and our chance to get some value out of a player who I believe will score goals."