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Eastham: I wanted to be a part of this challenge

20 May 2016

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New signing praised the chairman and manager's ambition

New signing Ashley Eastham is looking forward to a fresh start with Fleetwood after signing a two year deal with the Club this afternoon.

The defender, who will officially join the Club from Rochdale on 1st July 2016, has featured for Town in the past having signed on loan from Blackpool in 2012.

The commanding centre half praised the Club’s ambition, and said it was a challenge he wanted to be a part of after spending three years at Spotland.

He also admitted he was blown away by the new training facility at Poolfoot Farm after being shown around the complex by Andy Pilley and Steven Pressley.

Eastham said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be here. I came to have talks with the manager and the chairman over the last couple of weeks, and I felt it was the right time for change and a new start.

“I’ve played for Fleetwood before albeit very briefly. I was at Blackpool at the time and Ian Holloway decided it’d be good for me to come here for a month to get some experience.

“I know quite a bit about Fleetwood to be fair, especially as they’ve been in the same league as Rochdale for the past couple of seasons.

“We played against Fleetwood back in February and happened to win 1-0, but I thought we were a little fortunate that night because Fleetwood played some great football and hit the bar late on.

“I’ve had chats with various people and it was a tough decision for me to leave Rochdale. I’ve had three fantastic years there but I needed a new start.

“It excites me just looking at the facilities and the infrastructure here and I really can’t wait to get started now. I was blown away by the training ground.

“One of the biggest factors in me coming here was the ambition from the chairman and manager. I felt it was something I wanted to be a part of.”

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