NEW Thornbury Town boss Jason Rees insists he feels “privileged” to land the job.

Rees, a former Thornbury player, will be assisted by former Gloucester City legend Gary Kemp.

Rees said: “These are exciting times at Thornbury Town and we are privileged to be given the task to move the club forward. Thornbury have a very strong group of players, our aim is to get the best from them, resulting in success throughout the club.”

Rees helped Thornbury achieve promotion to the Gloucestershire County League in 2001.

He has a track record of forging a clear pathway for youth players.

As manager of Yate Town’s Under 18s, the team gained a reputation for fluent passing football.

Meanwhile, Kemp has a raft of experience in semi-professional football, representing Gloucester City 371 times.

More recently, he has held the position of assistant manager and coach at Bristol Manor Farm and Chippenham Town.

Vice-chairman, Graham Smith, revealed he was impressed by Jason and Gary as a management team.

Smith said: “Jason, an ex-Thornbury player, arrived with his assistant coach Gary, showing they were a close team and both spoke well about their plans for the club. They both have some experience with coaching and managing and are both local boys, who came to the interview well prepared.”