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Schumacher awaits start

1 August 2013

Steven Schumacher has paid tribute to the Fleetwood Town squad and says they can make a big impact ahead of their second season in the Football League.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who joined from Bury this summer, says that the competition and depth right across the pitch will leave the team in good stead for the season. 

Schumacher told “I am really impressed with the squad. We have got competition virtually right across the pitch; there are some really quality lads in and around the squad.

“That can only be good for the squad because it’s long season, we are going to have injuries, we are going to have dips in form and we are going to have peaks in form. It’s important that we all stick together and the results so far have been good and we need to carry them on now into the season.

“I believe that we can make an impact. The quality we have got and the strength we have in depth as well as competitions for places that can only push everyone on. I think if we can get off to a good start, and if everyone believes in what we want to do and we keep believing in how we want to play, then I think we will be ok.”

Looking back on his first pre-season on the Fylde Coast, Schumacher admitted that he is behind where he wanted to be fitness wise after suffering a hernia injury last season whilst he was at Bury.

After a set-back in the early stages of pre-season, Schumacher says he is going to put in extra work to make sure he can get over his injury and be ready for selection as soon as possible.

“It has been long and tough pre-season, it’s been physically and mentally challenging and I am glad to see the back of it to be honest. It's now time to start the serious side playing league football."

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