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22 February 2014

We caught up with Bira Dembele and Craig Reid...

New signings Bira Dembélé and Craig Reid both spoke to the official website about their arrivals at the club.

Frenchman Bira told us, “I’m happy to play for Stevenage and I’m excited to play in English football."

When asked about what he can bring to the team, he spoke about the physical presence he hopes to bring to the back-line.

“It’s difficult for me to talk about my qualities, but I’m a big man and I’m good with my head.

“I’m a defender, so the most important thing is a clean sheet but I can also score goals and I like to help the team to score.”

Despite speaking little English, Bira was able to tell us about how working with Francois Zoko has helped with his development.

“It’s nice for me, he helps with my integration. He will translate from the manager and the players so it’s a big help.

“­The training is good. It’s different to France, it’s more aggressive. You train like you’re playing a game.

“I’m ready and I’m excited to play. I just need to wait for my chance.”

Of course, Craig Reid is no stranger to Stevenage having been part of the League Two winning promotion team. To him, success and Stevenage go hand-in-hand.

He told us, “I think Stevenage was built on success and that’s what the manager brought here. The fact that he’s come back and there are a couple of the lads here from the old team so they know what it’s all about. I think we are more that capable of getting out the relegation zone, staying in League 1 and pushing on next year."

Reid made it clear that working with Graham Westley was a big reason as to why he signed.

“He likes to win everything, whether it’s a game or in training. That’s one of his big draws and it was an easy decision.

“The success that we had is something that I want to replicate again. I think it’s the right coaching staff, the right team and the right club to do it.”

Both players look set to be involved in today's home game with Peterborough United. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets on the day range from FREE to £20 in the terraces and £9 to £24 in the seats.

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