Gloucester City defender Kieran Parselle says that his full focus will be on ensuring that the Tigers defeat his former side Newport County when the two teams meet on Saturday in a pre-season friendly, adding that he hates losing.

Parselle is a new signing for Tim Harris’ men, having joined the Tigers following his release from the Welsh side in the summer.

Having caught Harris’ eye whilst on loan at Salisbury last year, the gaffer moved quickly to secure his signature and now Parselle says that he is relishing the new challenge.

“Pre-season is quite a tough challenge in itself” he said. “Like all football there are challenges to overcome just like the challenge of coming into a new team as I’ve done here but it’s been great getting to know all the lads and we’ve got a good group here.

“As soon as I met the lads I knew this is where I wanted to be, we know what we’re about and we’re all looking forward to the new season.”

Parselle made seven appearances whilst with Newport, but perhaps the most impressive was his debut when he was voted man of the match for an assured display against Wolves.

After being released from full time football, Parselle says that his focus is now on proving himself with the Tigers and most importantly, proving the doubters wrong.

“I was quite lucky to play the number of games I did for Newport and I’m very proud of that fact but now I’ve come here I want to prove myself that I’m good enough to get back to that level and hopefully achieve big things at Gloucester City” he said.

“With the team we’ve got here I personally think our minimum aim should be the play-offs, I’ve played against a few teams in the South like Weston and Bath and with this group of lads anything is possible and I think we’ve got great team morale.”

The defender continued, saying “When I got released by Newport my first thought was “I’m going to prove you wrong” just like every professional player really.

“There really is nothing better than being able to prove to somebody that they’ve made the wrong decision about you but I’ve got a lot of respect for Newport, they game me my first opportunity but in football there are times when you have to move on and start again.”

Parselle brings with him a winning mentality, noting his disdain for not winning and adding that his full focus will be on doing his best to ensure the Tigers come out with a win on Saturday.

“Personally I absolutely hate losing, even in training. Any game I play in I want to win it whether that be pre-season, league or cup I want to win. I take it quite personally on myself if we don’t win a game and all the boys here are the same, they want to win.

“I’m looking forward to the Newport game as it will be good to see some of the boys but as soon as that whistle blows I’m fully focused on getting the win for Gloucester City – nothing else matters after kick-off.”

Gloucester City host Newport County at the Jubilee Stadium on Saturday 22 July, kick-off 15:00. Admission cost is £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under 16s.

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