Carl Magnay has only just arrived at Hartlepool United but he is already looking to help mentor the club’s next generation of defenders.
The 26-year-old centre-back turned down the chance of a new contract at Conference side Grimsby Town to join Ronnie Moore at Pools in League Two.
Moore was delighted to capture one of his priority targets, with Gateshead-born Magnay capable of playing across the back four.
But the former Chelsea and Leeds United youth is also keen on helping bring on young defenders Scott Harrison and Dan Jones, with the trio set to start in a 3-5-2 formation.
Magnay said: “I have always considered my best position to be centre-half.
“I know Hartlepool are looking at the 3-5-2 formation and that would suit me down to the ground.
“But I have played a lot at full-back and that has helped my distribution.
“I like to pick out passes and get others involved and like to play on the front foot and be aggressive.
“I think I can bring a calming influence on the back four or back three, whatever formation we play and if I can be a mentor for the younger lads too then that would be great.”
While on the books at Stamford Bridge, he worked under Jose Mourinho and Phil Scolari, but it was current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who made the biggest impression.
“I was in the reserves a lot so the biggest influence was Brendan Rodgers,” added Magnay.
“He was my reserve team manager for two-and-a-half-years and brought me on tactically and technically to a level I didn’t know I had in me.
“I have played alongside and under some top names and I’ll look to rub that off on some of the boys at Hartlepool.
“Scott [Harrison] and Dan [Jones] are two top players who will be pivotal for the club next season.
“I am looking forward to playing alongside them and getting to know them.”
While at Chelsea, Magnay also earned international recognition for Northern Ireland Under-21s in 2009.