Stevenage sign former Gillingham defender Ben Nugent on a free transfer
PUBLISHED: 13:46 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:46 19 July 2018
Stevenage have signed Ben Nugent from League One side Gillingham on a free transfer.
The 25-year-old Welwyn Garden City-born centre-half joined the Dino Maamria revolution on Thursday.
It is understood the former Cardiff City defender has agreed a one year contract with an option for another 12 months.
The 6ft 5in Nugent rejected the offer of a new deal with the Gills earlier this summer before choosing to join the Lamex-outfit.
Speaking to the official Stevenage FC website, he said: ”The manager got in touch with me earlier and asked if I was with anyone.
“I said no, so he said ‘why don’t you come in and train with us’.
“It’s been a good, tough week – which is good because that’s what you need in pre-season. The lads have welcomed me and it’s gone well.
“I have got strong ties to the area so for me this is the perfect place to join.
“My dad played for the club and I have really enjoyed being around the place – so I’m really excited about getting started.”
Maamria has been working hard re-shaping the squad since the end of last season, with Nugent becoming Boro’s tenth signing this summer.
The club also spent a week in a high-altitude training camp in Slovenia – which has already paid dividends by hitting the ground running in pre-season by winning three matches out of three.
“He is a proper defender,” Maamria said. “He heads it, he kicks it, he loves defending and I think we need that type of player in League Two.
“There is a lot of margin for improvement, he is at a good age and is also a natural left footer which we haven’t had for a while.
“He is local to us and we did really well to beat a couple of other clubs to his signature. He ticks a lot of boxes and will be a brilliant addition to our squad.”