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MANAGER: He’s got a proven goal scoring record at this level

Steven Pressley on the signing of Mark Cullen

28 January 2019

United boss Steven Pressley spoke to us about the arrival of Blackpool forward Mark Cullen this afternoon.

“He has a proven track record in this league," he said. "He’s had promotion from this league and he’s a very hard working striker that possesses the type of character we’ve been looking to bring in.

"He’s a more natural number nine than we’ve been playing with, and he’s a little bit similar to Jerry Yates in many respects. They both work very hard for the team and have a goal threat."

“Although Mark is small, he’s got a strong physical presence, and like I say, he’s got a proven goal scoring record at this level," he added. "I think it’s a very good acquisition for us. He is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness, following his injury, but he's back in training now and working hard. He's probably is a couple of weeks away from being fully ready.

“He’s a player used to getting promotion and being at the top end of the table, so we hope he can bring that experience here. He’s got good game experience even though he’s only 26. That’s important, and he’s at a very good age."

“He turned down the opportunity to go to a League One club to come here, and he’s very hungry to do well," he commented. "That tells you he was very keen to join us, which is a great aspect, because I want players who want to be here.

“He gives us different options. We’ve been playing Dev [Jamie Devitt] as a false nine and he gives us another string to our bow.

"When a manager looks at his squad, you always want to be able to use the same formation but a different style, depending on the opposition. That means you don’t have to change the formation of the team, you can just change the personnel to exploit the oppositions weaknesses, and Mark will allow us to do that.”

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