Gill Swerts: Notts County should aim for Championship

Gill Swerts
Gill Swerts won 17 caps for Belgium

New signing Gill Swerts believes Notts County's ultimate aim should be a place in the Championship.

Notts, who were relegated from League One last season, have signed the 32-year-old former Belgium international on a two-year deal.

"I think they should do better than League One and League Two and be aiming for the Championship," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.

Midfielder Swerts was a free agent after leaving Dutch club NAC Breda.

He has spent most of his career in the Netherlands, having had two spells at Feyenoord and also playing for AZ Alkmaar, Vitesse Arnhem, ADO Den Haag and Excelsior.

Swerts was therefore known to County's Dutch manager Ricardo Moniz, who took over at Meadow Lane in April.

"Of course they went down, which is a pity," said Swerts.

"But the trainer told me about his ambition. They want to get back up, get the fans back into the stadium and I was actually sold by his story and wanted to be a part of the team.

"It can be compared a little bit with Antwerp, where I'm from - also an old club but with a stadium and the ambition to go back up.

"When it happens you have a lot of fans supporting you and that's how I see this club."