Exeter City have confirmed the signing of former Tranmere Rovers defender George Ray. The 27-year-old defender started his footballing career with Crewe Alexandra making his début for Crewe in their EFL Trophy final at Wembley in 2013.
George made over 130 first team appearances for Crewe, and 18 appearances last season for Tranmere Rovers including one goal against Southend United.
Matt Taylor said of his signing
He’s a player we’ve followed for a few season’s now since he was a part of that really great Crewe side.
We are giving George the opportunity to come in and be an experienced head amongst the younger players and if he buys into our ethos, we will have a really good player on our hands.
He comes with a really good pedigree after coming through the Crewe academy. We can relate to how that works and the pathways that are there. George learnt his trade in this league so he knows it well.
George Ray said of his move:-
I’m really delighted to get the move over the line after the last two weeks getting it done. It was long drive down yesterday, four hours, but I’m pleased it’s all sorted.
This is the first time I’ve moved away from home, so it’s a big move, but it also means I can focus solely on my football down here. I’m just really excited.
I know this league really well. Crewe [former club] played a certain style and I always felt Exeter played in a style that suited me, and that was a big part of what attracted me to club.
I want to get a really good pre-season under my belt, play 40-50 matches, and then hopefully get the club promoted.
The full interview with George can be see at