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Jimmy Ryan: Fleetwood Town's ambition matched mine

18 June 2015

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Jimmy Ryan: Fleetwood Town's ambition matched mine

18 June 2015

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Midfielder's first interview since signing for the Cod Army

Jimmy Ryan told the Club website that manager Graham Alexander was one of the key reasons why he joined Fleetwood Town.

The 26-year-old midfielder agreed a two-year contract with the Cod Army on Wednesday afternoon after being impressed with what he had to hear from Alexander following a meeting with the boss earlier in the week.

“I came up to Fleetwood on Monday and met the gaffer,” said Ryan. “We spoke at length and he showed me around the stadium and the new training ground.

“He sold the Club to me and I am delighted to now be a Fleetwood Town player. I am happy everything is all sorted and I can’t wait for the start of pre-season.”

It is an exciting time for everyone connected with the Club as Fleetwood Town gear up for their second season in the third tier of English football.

With the first team squad moving into their new state of the art training ground next month, Ryan believes the future looks bright for the Cod Army.

He continued: “This is a very ambitious football club. The manager explained what direction the Club is moving in and I want to play a part in that.

“I have come up against Fleetwood before during my time at Chesterfield so I know all about the Club. I actually scored at Highbury Stadium in the JPT two seasons ago.

“Obviously that is now behind me and hopefully now I can score a few more goals at Highbury but in Fleetwood Town colours.”

Ryan has enjoyed a lot of success at former employers Chesterfield during the past two seasons. The Derbyshire outfit won the League Two title in 2014, reached the League One Play-Offs the following season and played at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

Now hoping to continue along that line of success, former Accrington and Scunthorpe man Ryan explained what he thinks he will be able to offer Fleetwood Town on the field.

“I had two great seasons at Chesterfield but it was time for a change. I feel I will bring a bit of experience to the Club even though I am only 26 years of age.

“I am a good passer of the ball and I like to try and help get the team playing. Hopefully I can pop up with a goal or two from time to time. I can’t wait for the new season to get underway.”

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