The former Barnsley and Manchester City midfielder joined the club earlier this week from Bradford City, agreeing a loan deal that will see him remain with the Magpies until the end of the season.
And, despite with his long-term future not with the Magpies, the combative midfield man – affectionately nicknamed ‘The Beast’ by manager Gudjon Thordarson upon his arrival – has pledged his commitment to the Magpies’ promotion-push.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Crooks said "The gaffer nicknamed me that at Barnsley and it looks to have stuck now I am with him again. But if it makes him feel good, then it is OK."
"If there is a tackle there to be won, I will be in there – I like a good tackle. I hope I can improve the team because that is what I have been brought here to do and I will add a bit of experience."
"The lads have been fantastic all week and we want to mount a play-off push. Realistically we are not too far away and a couple more wins and we are right in there. The play-offs are our goal," he added.
"We have got to go down there and be positive and try to get something out of the game."
For post-match verdict from Causeway Stadium, be sure to check back to NCM over the weekend.