FORMER Newport County AFC captain Gary Warren has signed for League Two rivals Exeter City after having his contract terminated by mutual consent at relegated Yeovil Town.

The 34-year-old defender, who led the Exiles to the Conference South title in 2010, has more than 600 league appearances during his career.

And, following an injury-plagued season at Yeovil, he can’t wait to get started with his new club.

“I am delighted,” he said. “I can’t wait now to get started and to get the season under way.

“I am very, very honoured and privileged to come and play for a club like this.

“Over the last few years, the club has made big strides and nearly got promoted out of the league. So I am delighted to come and be part of a good team.”

Warren is close to Grecians manager Matt Taylor, who also had a brief spell at Rodney Parade in 2015.

Their careers crossed paths early on at Team Bath and the veteran centre-back says that was another big factor in him deciding to move to St James Park.

“He is someone who is dedicated to his job and very professional,” said Warren.

“It is something that rubs off on me and on the other players. I just want to come and be part of that this year and, hopefully, get the lads over the line and take us, if we can, to the next step.”

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Warren has also been impressed by the team spirit at St James Park, having been made to feel very welcome by the squad.

“I have been around a few different clubs before, and I have only been here a couple of days and I am still settling in, but I have been welcomed and the squad has been brilliant with me so far,” he said.

“There are a few lads from last year that I have played against and Fish (Alex Fisher) that I have played with down at Yeovil.

“To be honest, the group is a really strong group and, for me, that is one thing that will carry you over the line during the season.

“If you have got a good team spirit and a good morale amongst the camp, then you will do well.”

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