Midfielder swaps shirt number
Fleetwood Town winger Gareth Evans admits pre-season has brought the team closer together as the new season beckons.
Evans established himself with 14 games and 1 goal in the 2011/12 season after his switch from Rotherham United during the January transfer window. Town have recently begun their pre-season preparation and Evans believes pre-season has been “enjoyable” thus far despite there being three training sessions a day.
“Obviously the first days is just getting into the swing of things. All the lads have done terrifically well. Everyone is pulling each other through it which makes it enjoyable. It does take its toll on the legs but hopefully that will go in the next few days. As a professional footballer you have to be ready for these sorts of things. It’ll get us in good shape for the start of the season.”
Evans claimed a new shirt number for the new League 2 campaign, switching from 32 to the coveted number 7 but was quick to dismiss the change.
“It’s only a number but it beats being the number 32. I actually wore number 7 at Rotherham and I started the season really well when I wore it, so hopefully, the same can happen here at Fleetwood," added the 25-year-old.
Evans also talked about the new signings at Highbury and believes the new lads have settled in well.
“The new ones (players) have settled in really well, I’ve had a few conversations with them and they’re really nice lads. Everyone is bonding really well and we’ll keep the bonding going, so hopefully we’ll be a good unit.
"We have an early test against Northwich on Thursday and then it's off to Austria on Saturday. I'm told that's where the real hard week starts!"