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Settled Lambe happy with life in Mansfield

25 September 2014

New signing feels comfortable amongst new team-mates.

New signing Reggie Lambe says he already feels very much at home, having joined us on a free transfer last week.

The versatile playmaker, who can operate in several positions, put pen-to-paper on a deal at One Call Stadium a few days prior to making his debut in the 3-2 victory over Carlisle United.

“[The Football League] is where I want to play,” said Lambe. “It’s always been where I’ve wanted to set myself in my career and push forward, so I’m happy to be back [in England] and can’t wait to get started.”

Reflecting on his debut, the Bermuda international continued: “In those situations you just have to do your defensive work, keep the ball if you can, and just make sure you see the game out.

“Coming on in that situation is something that I didn’t really feel pressure for, because I knew I’d help defensively a lot. I am an attacking player, but in those situations you just need to work for the team and make sure you get the three points.”

The 23-year-old has been training with us for over a fortnight now and has some kind words to say about his new team-mates.

“There’s a lot of interesting players here,” added the ex-Ipswich Town youngster. “Matt Rhead can hold it up well and Rakish (Bingham) can run off the ball, so it’s a good combination to have up front. For me to come into that, I’d be delighted to play with them.

“I’ve found myself in and amongst all the boys really well. When I first came down I was staying with Fergus Bell and he made me feel really welcome.

“Once I got to know everyone in the dressing room, I felt really comfortable.”

Before putting pen-to-paper on a deal with us, Lambe enjoyed a two-year spell playing for Toronto in the MLS [Major League Soccer], which was followed by a three-month spell with Nyköpings BIS in Sweden.

The youngster believes the MLS is an underestimated league, which has many differences to football in this country.

“It’s a much different league than over here. It’s more athletic and there are more athletes coming through, but being here you can see more passion [that people have] for football,” said Lambe.

“I’m passionate about the game, so I like to be here when everyone around me feels the same way.

“But the standard is really good over there. It’s getting better all the time and more players want to go over there now, so the league is getting stronger.”

Asked how much he evolved as a player whilst playing in the MLS, he continued: “They have good facilities, good coaching and you can always improve your game – that’s something what depends on you and not where you’re playing football.

“As long as your head is on and you want to improve, then I think you can.”

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