Stevenage new boy Cuthbert ready for next chapter
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Stevenage new boy Scott Cuthbert may have experienced the rarefied air of Glasgow giants Celtic during the six years he spent at the club’s academy but he is looking forward to starting a new chapter of his career at Broadhall Way.
The 31-year-old made the short trip from Beds to Herts during the summer after signing for Boro boss Dino Maamria last month.
The former Luton Town captain joins Boro after leading the Hatters to second place in League Two last term and a well-deserved promotion – and wants to replicate his success at the Lamex.
Stevenage ended in a disappointing 16th place in League Two last term – but the demanding Maamria wants his team to hit the ground running by the time they face their opening fixture against Tranmere at the Lamex on Saturday, August 4.
Former Leyton Orient and St Mirren centre-half Cuthbert has been impressed with what he has seen so far with his new club.
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He said: “I spoke to the manager fairly early on after the season finished and he is really enthusiastic about the players and he knows the club inside out.
“He is a bit of a legend here, he has played for the club, been assistant manager and now manager – but it was the real intent he showed to bring me to the club.
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“He really wanted me to come and be a big part of the club – so when a manager wants you like that and has so much faith in you it is really hard to turn down.
“I had three great seasons at Luton, a real big club and I had a fantastic time there and met some great people.
“Now it is time for the next chapter in my career at Stevenage.
“I am certainly optimistic and positive about next season so there is no reason why we can’t have a positive season.”
When a club signs so many new players it can take time for them to gel. However, the tough Cuthbert believes he and his new team-mates are well on the way to forming excellent bonds on and off the pitch.
He explained: “I know quite a few of the lads already from playing with them, I’ve played with Michael Timlin, Alex Revell and Luke Wilkinson, so I know a few of the lads.
“This summer is about getting to know everybody so everyone can feel a lot more settled in.
“I cannot wait for the season, every season gets better and better and you cherish it more as you get older. So I really am looking forward to it.”