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Roberts New Challenge

5 July 2013

Fleetwood Town's latest signing, Mark Roberts, watched from the sidelines at Flixton last night as his colleagues completed a 2-1 victory over Northwich Victoria in their first pre-season friendly:

'I'd had a week's training with Stevenage and on my own as things progressed before easing into training this morning (Thursday) with my new team mates at Fleetwood.'

The 29 year-old defender will have been forgiven for a little reminiscing as he watched Town win courtesy of goals from Jon Parkin and Jamille Matt:

'I remember playing here for Northwich Under 10s a long time ago!  I was a centre forward in those days!  Then, of course, I went on to play for Vics at first team level.  It's the beauty of football. You never know what's around the next corner.'

'This is essentially a new set of lads for me.  I've not played alongside any before and relationships can take time but I'm looking forward to Austria where I will get some match time and we will come back stronger as a unit having got to know each other so much better.  This will make us stronger going forward.'

Fleetwood's success in recent years has impressed the former Stevenage player:

'Fleetwood has been the sort of club you sit up and take notice of, like Crawley and Stevenage. You look to them being successful.  I believe that we achieved the impossible at Stevenage, coming out of the Conference and making a mark in the Football League.  I sense that this can be done at Fleetwood and I want to be part of it.'

'I'm not someone who can just go through the motions.  I want to be part of a winning team and I'll bring a never-say-die attitude as well as experience as a captain and leader.  It's a new challenge for me and it's giving me a real buzz of excitement.  I can't wait to start!'

Comments from Northwich supporters around the ground last night would suggest that Fleetwood have signed a player and a person of substance.

Photo - Roberts watches the second half at Flixton with his teammates.

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