STRIKER Stuart Fleetwood says Swindon Supermarine’s ambition and facilities were enough to convince him to sign on at the Webbswood Stadium.

The 32-year-old, who has a wealth of experience at a higher level, says he was sold on the newly-promoted Southern League Premier side after a tour of the club’s set-up and a 30-minute chat with manager Lee Spalding.

The former Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town man revealed he turned down a number of offers from other clubs in order to sign for Marine, and is looking forward to the forthcoming season.

“After I came down, looked at the set-up and spoke to Lee, then it was pretty much sorted the next week,” said Fleetwood.

“Knowing how the club wanted to be and that they wanted to compete, I thought it was something which was right up my street.

“Before signing, I’d never been to the ground. I knew of Lee, but never met him so I think Tim Harris (Redditch United manager) recommended me.

“I work as a full-time personal trainer so I haven’t stopped yet, I haven’t been on holiday or stopped since the football season finished.

“I am like most players, I am raring to get back to it and we are back in a couple of weeks so it will be good to get in and meet everyone.”

Fleetwood says he hasn’t set himself any targets for the season and sees himself as a player who will be able to contribute both on and off the pitch.

The striker will link up with former team-mate Matt Coupe, who he knows from his time at Forest Green, and with their collective experience, Fleetwood believes the pair have plenty to offer.

“I’ve not set myself a number of goals to get. I used to when I was younger but I could do without the pressure now,” he added.

“Experience can only be a good thing, and I think that was one of the reasons Lee brought me in. I’m 32 now and I have played at a higher level for a while.

“I had a few opportunities to go somewhere as a playing assistant or as a player coach, but I still feel I have plenty to offer.

“I’ve still got a lot more to offer as a player, and if I can help out any of the younger boys, then I’d be more than happy to do that.”