Full back Alex Whittle has has spoken of his delight at his decision to move to Yeovil Town in the summer as he picked up his National League South championship medal.

The 31-year-old arrived following his release by York City in the summer and admitted he had other options of which club to join, but chose to join a defensive unit which has been at the heart of the club’s success on the pitch this season.

Joining BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins in the Press box after the 3-1 home win over Dartford on Saturday, he said: “This is a League club, definitely. This fan base is League Two or League One fan base with the club and the facilities. I am so happy I came here in the summer because I had a few options but I knew the Gaffer (Mark Cooper) and Charlie (Cooper). This club is on its way back up, everyone was wondering why I stepped down at this level, but it was the best decision I have made.

Picture courtesy of Gary Brown

The Glovers’ defensive unit has kept 17 clean sheets this season and contributed to winning 28 league matches – plus two in the FA Cup – this season, and Whittle was keen to pay tribute to his team-mates.

He said: “The defence never really gets the credit, it is the goalscorers that get the credit. But me, Jay (Foulston), Wanno (Jake Wannell), Smudge (Michael Smith), Morgs (Morgan Willams) and Brooklyn (Genesini) when he came in, we have been great. The back four has changed a few times, but I have especially enjoyed the partnership with Wanno. I said to him at the start of the season that he’s 30 and I am 31, but that is not that old these days with the way the game has changed. So I said to Jake, he’s come on so much this season. It’s been a great team effort.

The home form has been exceptional, we had a slight dip in form when we lost to Welling and Chippenham, but that gave us a little kick to go ahead. But, 28 wins is amazing.

Hopefully we will get a few out tonight and enjoy ourselves these next few days but obviously we want to go to Dover (next weekend) and win again.

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