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Uzbek goalkeeper Nartadjiev enjoying life with the Cod Army

21 October 2015

Youngster is spending three months with the Club

Uzbek goalkeeper Rustam Nartadjiev recently took part in a goalkeeping session with a number of local youngsters at Fuse Football.

Nartadjiev, along with Sergey Prokhorov, is spending three months with the Cod Army as part of the Club’s exciting partnership with Lokomotiv Tashkent.

The pair have been training regularly with Barry Nicholson’s development squad, and are one month in to their stay on the Fylde Coast.

Speaking after a hugely popular goalkeeping session at the Club’s new training complex in Thornton, Nartadjiev discussed his time in England so far.

He said: “This is my first time training kids. I have never tried training kids before but I really enjoyed it. Maybe in the future when I’m not playing myself I would like to become a goalkeeper coach.

"Everything is really fine here in England. I arrived on the 18th of September and have already been here for a month. I am really happy to be here and it is a great experience for me.

"England is excellent and I like the weather. In Uzbekistan it is normally very hot in the summer and autumn, but here it is a bit cooler and I really like that.

“The boys in the team are really friendly and help me and Sergey a lot. They are helping us understand the language, and our English is getting better every day. I really like to be training with the team.

“The training over here is hard and a bit difficult. In Uzbekistan the training is more simple and we do a lot of the same things every day. Here in England the training is different everyday, which I really like.

“Normally in Uzbekistan we have one training during a day. Some days over here we train three times a day.

"I already feel that I am getting better and stronger as a player, and when I go back to Uzbekistan I hope to have gained even more from the training.”

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