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24 June 2015

The experienced midfielder on joining Stevenage...

Steven Schumacher is looking forward to getting stuck into a new challenge at Stevenage as the midfielder joins Mark Hughes and Brett Williams in becoming Teddy Sheringham’s third signing of the summer.

Speaking to Boro Player, Schumacher said that after meeting with the club his mind was quickly made up.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision, no. I spoke to the manager and the chairman a couple of weeks ago before I went off on holiday and I was really interested in what they had to say.

“We arranged a meeting for when I got back from my break and came down to see them, saw the training ground and listened to what direction they thought the club is going in and I was excited and wanted to come on board.”

Schumacher joins up with an old friend in Mark Hughes, with whom he played with at Bury and admits that the defender’s arrival was an influential part of the decision making process.

“It played a big part in it to be honest because I have known Mark a long time and when he spoke to the manager and chairman and told me about the club, he said that I would like it and that I would enjoy it.

“He said good things about it and obviously we are both going to be new players coming into the team and we are going to have to settle in quickly and gel, but hopefully we can bring something to the dressing room.”

Another man who left a positive impression of the club on Schumacher was former teammate and Boro legend, Mark Roberts.

“Robbo couldn’t speak highly enough of the club; he was my roommate for a long time at Fleetwood and obviously he enjoyed some major success here at this club.

“He always said it was well run, it was a good family club and he enjoyed working here. Once I knew there was interest I was pretty keen to come down and listen to what the boss and chairman had to say. 

"Hopefully I can have half the success Robbo had here.”

The move is Schumacher’s first away from the North West but the midfielder is relishing a change in scenery.

“It is going to be different, it is going to be strange but it is time for a change, it is time for a new challenge.

“I will try my best to make the most of it, I am looking forward to coming down here and getting the season started now.”

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