RYAN Scott admits the chance to join Concord Rangers was too good to turn down.

The central defender has made the move to the Beach Boys from East Thurrock United and made his debut in the 1-1 draw with Chelmsford City at the weekend.

Scott is preparing himself for another Essex derby as Concord make the short journey to Billericay Town for a National League South clash tonight.

And Scott hopes he can play a key role as Danny Scopes’ side look to climb away from the drop zone.

“It’s a massive opportunity joining Concord and one I’m grateful for, so thanks to Adam (Drew, head of recruitment) and Scopesy for getting it done,” said Scott, who has switched with the Beach Boys just two points above the relegation zone.

“I knew they had high hopes and a very professional approach having met them in the summer to discuss possibly signing then, but it wasn’t to be at that time.

“They have made some great signings and probably surprised many with what they have done so far but there’s still a long way to go.

“I hope to bring experience at this level to a good, young squad on the brink of Wembley.

“It’s an exciting time for the club. Hopefully I can make an instant impact and hit the ground running this late in the season to secure the club’s safety at this level and assist the squad any way possible in the cup games even though I can’t play.”

Scott was an integral member of East Thurrock’s side before the transfer.

But Scott, who was Rocks’ club captain before ending his stint, insists he would not have left the Isthmian Premier League outfit in different circumstances.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved throughout my time at East Thurrock, especially John Coventry for giving me the opportunity at the beginning and sticking with me through all the ups and downs that non-league football clubs go through,” added Scott.

“It’s one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make and probably not one that would have come about had East Thurrock’s future not been in such doubt.

“Being part of a team to make history by getting into the National League South for the first time and also winning the Essex Senior Cup for the first time are big things to be proud of.

“Getting the players’ player of the year and manager’s player of the season were also very proud moments for me.

“Sadly, all good things come to an end and I wish the team well until the end of the season.”