BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent new-boy Reece Dobson says he would "run through a brick wall" for R's boss Kem Izzet.

And he believes every player at the club will benefit and improve from working alongside the Colchester United legend.

Frontman Dobson knows Izzet well from previous spells together at Needham Market and East Thurrock and jumped at the chance to be reunited with him at the Taydal Stadium.

The 29-year-old made his debut in the recent home defeat against Kingstonian and then featured again when Regent bowed out of the Essex Senior Cup, at Bowers and Pitsea.

“I’m pleased to be back at step three level and know Kem well, from having played with him at Needham Market," said Dobson, who joined from Coggeshall Town.

“We were also together when he was at East Thurrock.

“When he got the job here, he phoned and asked if I’d like to come over and you can only learn from working under someone like him.

“He’s got so much experience, having played over 400 games as a pro in the Football League.

“He knows the game inside out and I can see the impact he’s having here already, just after a few training sessions and matches.

“Everyone can learn from him, whether you’re a young lad coming through or one of the more experienced players.

“And it’s exactly what I need at this stage of my career.

“I’m looking forward to working with him again because we’ve got a very good relationship.

“He’s got faith in me and that means a lot.

"You want to run through a brick wall for a manager like that, who believes in you.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for him."

Regent were without a game last weekend but results elsewhere meant they dropped into the bottom three.

They will be looking to get back on track, and out of the relegation zone, when they entertain Cray Wanderers on Saturday.

That match is followed by a trip to Carshalton Athletic on Monday.

Dobson is up for the challenge ahead and said: "Over the years, I’ve played a few times against Brightlingsea.

"It’s always been a tough game and there are some very good players here.

“Kingstonian didn’t carve us open the other day and both of their goals came from our mistakes.

“The conditions were awful. It had 0-0 written all over it and wasn’t a 2-0 game.

“Even so, I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen so far and am very happy to have signed for Brightlingsea.

“I kind of lost my way at the start of the season, in terms of fitness.

"I’ve still got a little way to go in that respect but am very happy to be here.

“This is a great move for me and I need a manager who’s going to motivate me to get to the standard I should be playing at, which is this level.

“It’s going to take a couple of sessions but I’m looking forward to the challenge."

Regent had been due to visit Bognor Regis Town on November 23 but the match has been postponed because of the Rocks' involvement in the FA Trophy.

A new date will be announced when known.