New boy Mathieu Baudry says the opportunity to work with Darren Ferguson convinced him to stay in League Two with Doncaster Rovers.
The French defender had set his sights on moving up a division after rejecting the chance to stay at Leyton Orient, where he was captain.
But Baudry, who yesterday became Rovers’ fourth new arrival, told The Star that Ferguson was a decisive factor in his move to the Keepmoat Stadium.
“I didn’t really want to stay in League Two, I wanted to go back to League One,” said the 28-year-old centre back.
“But when I spoke to the manager he convinced me this was the place for me.
“I spent the day with Darren Ferguson and I loved the way he talked about football, the way he wants to play and what he wants to do here.
“I almost worked with Darren before so I knew him and I wanted to work with him. I think he’s one of the best managers in our league. The knowledge that he’s got is very impressive.
“I already knew this was a big club,” he added.
“It’s not really a League Two club, and the project here really excites me.
“And I think if the manager does what he wants to do then we can get straight back to League One and then challenge for promotion again. A team like Bournemouth has shown what you can do with a bit of momentum.
“It’s about getting on the right train. And when I spoke to the manager I felt like it’s the right one at the right time.”
Ferguson said: “He is going to be a real key player for us and was one of my top targets.
“He understands what I’m about and how I want to play which suits him and I’m really looking forward to working with him. He’s a brilliant signing for the football club.”
Baudry came through the Le Havre Academy. He made 157 appearances for Orient after joining from Bournemouth in the summer of 2012.