Paul Buckle has hailed the signning of Ronnie Henry as a massive coup after the former Stevenage captain turned down a new contract to stay at the League One club to pen a two-year deal at Kenilworth Road.
The right-back spent seven years at Broadhall Way, winning the Blue Square Bet Premier title with Boro in 2009/10 and then, the following year, the League Two play-off final against the Luton manager's former side Torquay. Henry also led Stevenage to FA Trophy at Wembley against Kidderminster in 2007
It is this experience of being a winner that Buckle is after in his new recruits as he plots a path out of the Conference by clinching the only automatic promotion place.
"He's a leader - and those kind of players are always very difficult to find," the manager said of the 28-year-old.
"You look at his CV and for the past three years he's done nothing but win. He knows how to win and, for a club like us, that is hugely important.
"He's 28, a great age, and he's coming here from a club who finished sixth in League One last season. He's a massive signing for us.
"Ronnie's bought into what we want to achieve here - he's local too so he knows all about expectations and the level of support we attract - he came to watch the play-off game with Wrexham and was blown away.
"He's turned down a new contract at Stevenage and offers from various clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 to sign for us which says a lot.
"It's a major coup and the first in our intentions to shape a measured squad high in quality.
"He's up for the challenge. It's refreshing to sit down and talk with him. We spent a good few hours at the Icon Hotel in town together with Gary Sweet and it was great to hear what he had to say.
"He's a determined lad and can't wait to get started.
"On the pitch he's athletic, strong and a non-nonsense defender. I couldn't be happier that we have been able to persuade him to be a part of what we're trying to achieve here."
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