Bromley FC recently announced the signing of former Cambridge United goalkeeper David Gregory. Exclusively speaking to TFF, David reveals his decision to join Bromley and how Julian Speroni helped him grow as a player, during his youth career at Crystal Palace.
David joined The Ravens along with Adam Mekki, who was part of Tranmere’s promotion-chasing squad that agonisingly lost out at Wembley to Forest Green Rovers 3-1.
Starting his career at Crystal Palace, Gregory went onto benefit from first team football with loan spells at clubs such as Harrow Borough, Sutton United and Leyton Orient. He also benefitted from coaching by Julian Speroni, who has accumulated over three hundred and fifty appearances for Palace.
Crystal Palace released the 6ft 1 shot stopper at the end of the 2015-16 season but he was immediately snapped up by Cambridge United. David made one appearance in the league throughout the season for Cambridge, replacing Will Norris who was suffering from tonsillitis. His only game resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town. However, he did feature in an EFL Cup first round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, where Cambridge ended up winning 2-1, thanks to a late goal by Luke Berry.
Q: How does it feel to sign for Bromley and do you have any ambitions going forward as a club next season?
A: It feels fantastic to sign for Bromley. A club so close to a lot of my family and friends; with plenty of hunger and ambition to keep succeeding with every season that passes. Progression would be my main target as a team for next season!
Q: Having played now in the football league and non-league, do you believe there’s a difference in the standard of football?
Having played the little minutes I had last year, I learned so much in those two games. My professional debut in the win against Sheffield Wednesday gave me the brilliant experience of feeling the need to exceed and achieve. It was something I had never truly felt above thinking. That’s the difference I immediately felt and will definitely be taking that kind of mentality going forward.
Q: As a youngster, you played for Crystal Palace, was there any particular players you saw as an inspiration?
Julian Speroni was the biggest and best mentor I could have asked for. Not only did I learn from him daily in how to become a better goalkeeper, I learned how to act away from the pitch/training ground in order to become a better professional and person in every sense. I am very thankful/lucky to have worked with the goalkeepers I did during my time coming through the academy.
Q: Your league debut last season was in a 1-0 defeat to Grimsby Town, as a player how much did you benefit from that experience?
A: It was an invaluable experience to have played in the football league. I was lucky to have played against Grimsby, a team with a fantastic vocal following that made me have to communicate even louder and assertively than I already did in order to be heard just 15 yards away. Those kind of things you have to learn through going through it and experiencing it through your own eyes!
By Tom Bullivant (@tombullivant_)