Andy Mangan's many fans in the Cod Army will be delighted to know that the striker is back in training with the first team, his running commentary cutting the spring-like atmosphere at Fylde Rugby Cl
By David Mitchell
Andy Mangan's many fans in the Cod Army will be delighted to know that the striker is back in training with the first team, his running commentary cutting the spring-like atmosphere at Fylde Rugby Club:
'Tuesday was the first day that I really felt back in the fold. I feel great but the timing's naturally a bit off after all this time. I hit a fair few balls in the little finishing session at the end and everything seems fine with my leg. It's more down to fitness now really. I've got to see how it goes before I'm back in contention and try to find a bit of form. I must admit, I didn't think it would be quite like this after five months because things have always come natural to me and I thought I'd just come back in. The manager and the lads have been great, encouraging me all the time.'
'I'm ahead of time by a couple of weeks because rehab went well. In a further week or two I think I'll be getting close and ideally there would be reserve team opportunities to get some match time. I'd like to think that once I get back the goals will start coming from me again.'
Despite the recent blip in results, Mangan still feels positive about his side's prospects and is desperate to make a contribution before time runs out on the first season in the Football League:
'A winning goal in the play-off final would be a dream but I still think we can push for an automatic place. We're just eight points behind Burton and the last month is going to be really interesting.'