Cheltenham Town video: Braham-Barrett is eyeing a long stay
CRAIG Braham-Barrett has immediately set his sights on activating an appearance clause in his contract after agreeing a deal with Cheltenham Town until the end of the season.
The attacking left-back initially arrived on loan from Macclesfield Town until January, but four games into the new campaign he has already made the move permanent.
If he makes 20 starts in total, he will be guaranteed another year at the Abbey Business Stadium and he said his next aim was to establish himself as a Football League player.
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Braham-Barrett was considering looking for a career away from football before this season, having not made his League bow until the age of 25.
But he decided to give it one more chance and he is now ready to do whatever it takes to seize the opportunity handed to him by Robins boss Mark Yates.
"I have always wanted to play in the League and to do it under a manager who believes in me is great," Braham-Barrett said.
"I have to push on now and I have a year to prove myself because I want to be here longer than a year.
"I want to settle here and spent a few years enjoying my football and playing regularly so it's down to me to put in the hard work, which starts now."
Yates showed the faith he has in Braham-Barrett by picking him ahead of last season's regular left-back Billy Jones, who set up 13 goals directly last term.
Braham-Barrett believes his willingness to join on loan proved how desperate he was for a Football League chance, with his debut finally arriving at the age of 25.
"This contract has been sorted after only four games here, but the manager knew what I had and coming here on loan proved how much I wanted it and I think that was a big factor," he said.
"As a team we have to push on now, as I do and I am happy to be a part of it."
Braham-Barrett, commonly known as CBB, has already moved into a flat in Gloucester and he said he feels settled in the area.
"Words can't express how delighted I am and I don't want to let go of this now," he said.
"As soon as I was offered the contract I snapped it up because it's been an amazing experience already.
"It's a feeling I can't describe, being at a club when everyone has taken to you and I'm enjoying my football more than I have for the last few years."
Braham-Barrett believes his delivery and concentration are the areas in which he must improve, starting with Saturday's trip to Accrington Stanley.
"There is a lot I need to work on, but I am willing to do it and I've been practising my deliveries three times a week with Neil (Howarth, assistant manager)," he said.