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Harris hoping to push Bell for left back spot

18 February 2016

Defender signed on loan from the Blades this morning

Bob Harris is hoping to push Amari’i Bell all the way for the left back spot after signing a loan deal from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

The 28 year old has only featured seven times for the Blades during the campaign, and jumped at the opportunity to team up with Steven Pressley at Highbury.

He began his career with Clyde before moving to Queen of the South where he spent four seasons before a move to the Fylde Coast with Blackpool.

Loans spells away from Bloomfield Road with Rotherham United and Sheffield United materialised, and Harris made his move to Bramall Lane permanent in 2014.

He said: “I wanted to come here and play some football matches as I wasn’t really doing that at Sheffield United, so when I got the call I couldn’t wait for the chance to join.

“I’ve had a look at the buildings here and they seem to be a Club who are planning for the future and trying to make that step up.

“When the gaffer was at Coventry there was a chance I maybe could have gone there, but he’s here now and still wanted to bring me in so I’m delighted.

“I’ve played for Blackpool in the past but my wife is from this area and her family are too so that helps and means I’ll have no problem settling in.

“By all accounts Amari’i has done very well at left back this season, so if I can come in and push him all the way then it’s only good for competition.

Harris scored for the Blades at Highbury last season in a 1-1 draw, and also featured in the FA Cup third round clash against Blackpool in 2012.

“I’ve played at Highbury twice so far in my career, with the first time being with Blackpool in the FA Cup and last season with Sheffield United when I scored.

“It’s a ground that holds some happy memories for me, so if I can get playing hopefully I’ll be able to get on the scoresheet for Fleetwood.

“Last year I think I made 57 appearances so it’s been difficult not playing this season. I’ve come here to play games and move the Club up the table.

“I like to get forward and create chances for my teammates. I had a number of assists last year and also chipped in with goals, so I’m aiming to do the same here.”

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