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Jamie Proctor's First Interview

27 June 2023

New signing Jamie Proctor says he’s buzzing to link up with the group after he sealed his move to the SO Legal stadium last week.

Proctor joins us on a free transfer following two years at Port Vale and was glad to get the deal done so quickly.

He said: “I’m buzzing, it’s always an anxious time in the off-season when you’re trying to speak to clubs and get something over the line and not knowing where your future is going to be, so to get something done so soon for me made me really really pleased.

“I can’t wait to get back in as normally you’ll have a few nerves coming back in to pre-season as you don’t know where your body’s at, where your fitness is at, but I’ve had quite a long summer because of when we finished the season so it’s been a long time coming so to get back in and meet the lads and finally get on the pitch and get going really excites me.”

The 31-year-old striker also revealed it wasn’t the first-time boss Pete Wild had tried to sign the striker with the gaffer playing a big part in the striker’s decision to join Barrow.

He added: “To be honest the fact the gaffer tried to sign me last season before I re-signed at Vale and has kept in touch since then and that always is a big part for any player as that shows you that the manager wants you.

“It’s also a club that I follow being from Preston and it’s quite close to home from me which is ideal for me and the family as well, so I’d say those are the two reasons but mainly that the manager has shown such a keen interest for a couple of years now.”

The former Preston North End striker hopes his vast experience across the EFL can help him be a positive influence amongst Wild’s squad on and off the pitch.

Proctor added: “I’d probably say I’ve got a bit of everything in terms of I’m naturally experienced now with the amount of clubs that I’ve had, and the promotions I’ve had and the amount of games I’ve played. I’m always going to graft and give everything I’ve got every single week and I’d like to think I can get us up the pitch and hold the ball up and be a physical presence.

“As a person I’d like to think I’m quite laid back, I love to have a laugh with the lads and get on with everyone really and I think that the experience of my footballing journey brings out a personality which is needed in a football team.”

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