Former Premier League striker Aaron McClean has his sights set on promotion after signing for National League South high-flyers Ebbsfleet United.

Fleet landed the signature of the 31-year-old last week and hope he can help the club sustain their promotion push.

Daryl McMahon’s side have amounted an impressive 53 points from their 24 league games so far this season – creating a gap of six points at the top of the division.

However, after two goalless draws the Fleet were keen to strengthen their options in front of goal.

And McClean insists the squad hope to secure promotion in emphatic style this season.

The forward said on the BBC Non-League Show: “When I look at this squad, there are players who are better equipped to play in a higher league than they are in now.

“They want to prove a point and I want to achieve things there, get them out of the league this season and hopefully look to get promoted again after that.”

McClean enjoyed a successful four-year spell at Peterborough between 2007 and 2011 before signing for Hull.

The Hammersmith-born star, who most recently represented Bradford and Barnet in the Football League, says a discussion with McMahon was central to the deal.

He said: “I spoke to the manager about the aspirations of the club.

“Through my career I’ve always looked to have a challenge and there’s nothing better than going into a season knowing that you’re challenging yourself and trying to achieve something.

“I know a few of the lads down at Ebbsfleet already and I know I’m going into a team full of quality players.”

At 32, McClean has opportunities to delve into coaching but insists he still has the desire to compete.

“I want to play regularly and challenge myself, I’ve got the opportunity now to help the club get promoted,” he added.

“Coaching might be something I venture into but at this moment in time I just want to play regularly win things.”

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