New Moors signing Lebrun Mbeka has revealed that Jason Ainsley’s vision and ambition for the Club were among the key factors in his decision to make the switch from Boston United.
The powerful defender, who can also operate in midfield, joined Moors for an undisclosed fee earlier this week, joining housemate John Lufudu on the books at The Brewery Field.
We spent some time with the Congo-born star at training to find out more about his move to County Durham in an interview which was due to be in the Match Programme for Saturday’s postponed game against Leamington.
How pleased are you to be here?
LM: I am happy to be here. As soon as I spoke to the gaffer about the ambitions that the Club has I wanted to come and be part of it, so I am delighted to have signed and I want to really kick-on now. It was exciting to speak to the Manager because I know he has been after for me quite a long time, as far back as when I was at Guiseley. When he spoke to me, I was sold straight away on the move to Spennymoor.
How much of a boost does it give you to know the Manager rates you so highly?
LM: Yeah, that’s really nice to know. I watched his interview about me signing when he was talking about how much he likes me as a player and it’s a pleasure to hear him talk about me like that. I like his character and personality, so I am really looking forward to working under him now.
Is this the fresh start that you need at this stage of your career?
LM: Yeah, this is all new for me here at Spennymoor Town, but I am ready to go, and I am looking forward to taking on the challenge. I have played at The Brewery Field before, and I know the fans are excellent there. They don’t know me yet but hopefully I can earn their love like they love John Lufudu!
You are good friends with John Lufudu – how long have you known him?
LM: Yeah, I think it’s been around seven years now and we’re best friends. We live together because he’s my flat mate. Usually when we play football, we have been rivals, we’ve never really played together on the same team for too long, so it’s always been really competitive. When I played against him for Boston, I made sure to give him a strong challenge! Haha!
How much are you looking forward to playing alongside him now?
LM: I think we played together from around 17 for a little bit and it was a pleasure. We understand each other really well; I know his strengths and he knows mine so it will be good. The rest of you guys probably won’t understand what we’re talking about aside from the football though!
You’ll have to both play well or there’ll be arguments in the car on the way home or in the house won’t there?
LM: Haha! Yeah, definitely – we will both try to do that, I am sure!
It’s a great time to be joining the Club with the momentum at the moment – how much are you looking forward to being involved for the first time this weekend?
LM: I am really excited to kick-on with my career now. We have good momentum at the moment with the unbeaten run. I was at the game against Bradford last Saturday and you can see that we are a good team who can defend well and score goals, so I am looking forward to playing my part.