Midfielder George Glendon made his first appearance for the club in Tuesday night’s away friendly at Holker Street and he admitted that, despite the result, he’d enjoyed the experience of being back out there with a new group of team mates.
“It felt good to get back out there,” he said. “I felt strong and it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt.
“These games are about getting your touch and sharpness back because you’ve gone so many weeks without kicking a ball. This run of pre-season games help you to get all of that kind of thing back together.”
“The other part of it is getting to know everybody out on the pitch,” he added. “I’ve had two weeks with the lads off the pitch, so it’s always good to understand what other players do when you’re in a game situation. The quicker you get to do that the better it is.
“The lads have welcomed me in really well and I get on with all of them. They’re helping me to settle in and that’s been good. You want the football understanding to happen quickly and, with a lot of games coming up, it’s only going to get stronger.”
On the role he played during his first run-out for the club, he commented: “I’m a central midfielder so I enjoyed playing there. I like to get forward and help the team out as much as I can.
“I played on the right of a three on Tuesday, which I’m comfortable with, and I felt good with what I was doing. We didn’t enjoy the result, but it always hurts when you lose. It might only be pre-season but you want to get back to winning ways as fast as you can.
“Obviously the main thing is fitness and getting the minutes in, but hopefully we’ll get a few positive results with it as we play more pre-season games. With every game, whatever the result, it’s important that we learn from it.”
“The main focus is the first game of the season against Exeter, but it’s been that way from day one,” he explained. “Everyone wants to impress the gaffer because we all want to be in the team.
“The manager is looking to bring more players in as well, so that will only add to the level of competition. That’s good because it keeps you on your toes.
“To be honest, with the feeling around the place, I’d prefer to be playing Exeter this weekend so we could get on with it and have pre-season out of the way!
“It is what it is, it’s five weeks away, so we’ll use the time to get fit and see what happens from there.”
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