MATT Macey became the second goalkeeper to sign for Argyle this summer from Premier League clubs as the 23 year-old joined us on loan from Arsenal.
Macey started out at Bristol Rovers and has previous experience of Home Park and of what the Green Army have to offer.
He said: “I grew up playing for Bristol Rovers, and warmed up on the [Home Park] pitch with Accrington. I played against them for Luton a couple of years ago. I know the stadium I know what the fans are like as well.”
Matt explained that at first he thought Arsenal’s interest in him, while at Rovers, was a joke, but since moving to the Gunners he has good experience under his belt.
He said: “That was out of nowhere because I came from the under 18s at Bristol Rovers. When you get interest from a Premier League club you sort of dismiss it and think it’s a joke but it came through!
“[Playing at the Emirates is] the highlight of my career so far. Before that I had a couple of loan spells; I think it is time now to have another spell, play some games and try to kick on again in my career.”
Despite having made his debut at Arsenal, he says League One Football is naturally the next step for him to take.
He said: “I had a spell at Luton which was great; the next step is League One. The opportunities have come around quite quickly for me and there’s no denying that I wanted to come down here and test myself at this level and at such a great club.”
In terms of what we can expect from the 6ft 6in goalie: he has impressed in Arsenals academy sides and says that stands him in good stead for a season at Home Park. He also feels he wont have any trouble settling into the squad so soon before the first game of the season.
He said: “I think in the modern game, you need to be tall you need to move well. Especially at Arsenal they put a lot of emphasis on being able to move well. Those are physical traits I am lucky to have.
“It would have been ideal if I had more time or games with the boys, but I’ve done it before where I have just come straight into a team. I have a whole week’s training so I’ll be working hard this week.”