Notts County have announced the signing of former Manchester City and Torquay United winger, Aaron Nemane.
The 23-year-old joins on a two-year deal, treading the same path as former Gulls team-mate, Kyle Cameron, who joined Notts in June.
As with Cameron, compensation was agreed between the clubs, despite both players having been offered new terms with Gary Johnson’s playoff-losing side.
Nemane joined Manchester City in 2012 from Amiens, having been born in France.
While at City, he spent time on loan at Rangers (Scotland), Go Ahead Eagles (Netherlands) and Tubize (Belgium).
He shared a dressing room at the City Football Academy with former City and England youth captain, and fellow Notts new boy, Ed Francis, so Nemane will already have some connections in the squad as he, Francis and Cameron get acquainted with their new team-mates.
Head Coach, Ian Burchnall, went into detail about what he feels Nemane will bring to a Notts side which is beginning to take shape in the former Ostersunds manager’s first transfer window at Meadow Lane.
“Aaron is one of the quickest players in the league. He’s very good one-on-one and can play as a winger in a 3-4-3, as a wing-back or even as a number 10.
“He’s a different type of wide player to what we’ve got at the moment. Aaron is direct in his running and likes to get in behind to stretch the play.
“He’ll add something different to our attacking patterns and will be particularly useful when we’re up against teams who are defending with a low block, as we’ll need players with pace and skill to open them up,” he said.
“Aaron had an injury towards the end of last season and, while he’s put that behind him now, he’s going to focus on some gym work initially before joining up with the boys on the grass and being in contention for any friendlies.”
Fellow new recruit, and former captain of Nemane’s City youth side, Ed Francis, is similarly excited to have a familiar face join the club.
“Aaron’s a really good player -sharp, quick. He can finish and will create loads of chances for the boys,” he said.
“It was a really nice surprise when I saw him and it’ll help me settle in.
“He’s got plenty of ability and I think he’ll add a lot to the team.”
Nemane spoke of his excitement to be involved in Notts’ renewed promotion challenge in their third season in the National League.
Like Francis, he feels his experience of European competition at Manchester City will stand him in good stead in the biggest games the National League has to offer.
“I’m as comfortable playing Maidenhead away as I was playing at Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth League.
“It was a good experience playing against massive teams but I’m here now and I’ve adapted to it.
“We played Notts three times last season and I like their style,” the winger said.
“They struck me as a very good side and it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here.”
On the injury which hampered the end of last season at Torquay, Nemane admitted he’s “not far off.
“I just need to keep working in the gym and then hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness very soon.
“I can’t wait to get on the ball, take players on and create chances. I want to add more goals to my game, along with assists, and that’s what I’m going to try and do this season.
“I’ll do my best wherever the manager puts me but I’m comfortable out wide and in more central positions.”
The French-born winger returned Francis’ praise, saying of his former captain: “I’ve played with Ed quite a few times when he played up the age groups at City.
“He’s technically gifted and will definitely be a good addition to the team.”
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