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Maxwell: 'I fit like a glove with what the manager wants to do'

21 July 2022

New signing James Maxwell knew quickly that he would be a good fit for Rovers.

The left back initially arrived on a trial basis earlier this month and impressed sufficiently to earn a two-year contract.

“Straight away from the first session, I felt like I fit in like a glove with what the manager wants to do,” he said.

“I can help build the play and there’s good players, especially in midfield.

“It was similar to what I’ve seen in terms of the coaching and the positions that I was picking up in games.

“With most of what I’ve seen I knew that I could do it because I’ve done it for two or three years.

“I came in to impress and try to get a deal.

“I know myself that I’m more than good enough. I believe in myself.

“It was good for me to get a feel for the place and see the facilities. It’s a great training pitch and the stadium is brilliant. So everything was good on my side of things.”

The 20-year-old rejected the offer of a new deal with Scottish football giants Rangers to pursue regular first team football.

Maxwell picked up senior experience during loans in the Scottish Championship with Queen of the South and Ayr United.

And he feels his time with all three clubs has shaped him as a player.

“They were massive for me proving myself and for my mentality,” he said. “It was 70 games in a tough league that probably doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Every game is a battle.

“It hardened me and I can do both sides of it. At Rangers, a lot of the stuff is on the ball and you dominate it for a lot of the game.

"The two teams I played in were counterattacking, backs to the wall for most of the season so I’ve got both sides of it.”

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