FEATURE: Matthew Rhodes in conversation with Reece Kendall

Matlock Town have just announced their fourth signing of the summer with the news that Reece Kendall has joined from Brighouse Town. The defender joins Kayde Coppin, Callum Dolan and Callum Chippendale as one of Matlock’s new recruits.

In an interview with Derbyshire Media Company, Reece spoke about what attracted him to the Gladiators and how manager Paul Phillips sold the club to him.

He said: “My ambition from last season when I was at Brighouse was to always move up a league. I always want to try and better myself…Paul was interested in me when he was at Buxton…everything he’s said about Matlock sounded perfect for me.

"It’s a family club, they want to better every player that comes here…I’m in my twenties now, my next couple of years of football are vital to me if I’m wanting to push on and I think Dave (Dave Wild, Matlock Town’s assistant manager) and Paul at Matlock can do that for me.”

Kendall plays mainly as a full-back but can also be deployed in a central defensive role. Before Brighouse Town, Reece has also played for the likes of Campion and Liversedge.

The defender also revealed his first impressions of Matlock’s squad and the ambition for the upcoming season.

“I think the aim for everyone is play-offs. I think some of the talent in the squad this season should show on the pitch…I think from what I’ve seen we’ve got a very strong squad technically and ability-wise. We’ve got a lot of strong-minded players who in the tough times will dig deep.”

You can listen to the full interview with Reece Kendall via the link below:

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