TOM MORRIS is adamant he can make the grade after jumping up the levels to sign for Hyde United, even though it has been “frightening”.
The defender swapped North West Counties League side Congleton Town for the Northern Premier League for the forthcoming season.
He will be needed after captain Jordan Fagbola’s season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon, sustained before a ball was even kicked in anger.
And just in training sessions, the defender found out he is at a higher level.
Morris, 25, said: “I’ve already noticed a step up in terms of training – the intensity is right up there.
“The things we do are similar to Congleton but the difference in the players, the staff and the facilities is absolutely frightening.
“It’s a step up but something I’m looking forward to and I relish the challenge.”
Morris had been at Hyde for weeks before his signing was officially confirmed.
But even though there was something of a waiting game, confirmation still came as a surprise.
He added: “The manager said in our first conversation that the signing wouldn’t be done until pre-season started, so I was actually delighted it was done way before the first game.
“I was training for three or four weeks before the deal was finally done.
“Everyone was great with me as soon as I walked through the door.”
Morris may be a stranger to Hyde United but a familiar face to assistant manager John McCombe and new team-mate Kingsley James.
He added to the club: “I played under John and also with Kingsley James at Port Vale.
“The call I had with John at the very start of the process was positive and up to now, I’ve absolutely loved it.”