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Coyle excited for the challenge ahead

27 June 2018

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Lewie Coyle says the ‘exciting’ challenge of working under Joey Barton was too good to turn down.

The defender spoke at length to Fleetwood Town’s new Head Coach before putting pen-to-paper on a six-month loan deal from Championship side Leeds United.

And Coyle, who won Players’ Player of the year during his first spell with the Cod Army last term, has revealed the buzz around Barton’s appointment was a key factor in his decision to return. 

“He [Barton] was a massive influence is my move,” said Coyle.

“I am delighted to return and knowing what the club is about and hearing about the plans for this season, it made sense with me coming back.

“The new gaffer and I have spoken a few times and he told me he was keen to get me here, and it really excites me to work with him.

“When the lads told me about the general feeling of the club it definitely helps, however I am really looking forward to get started, and see what is ahead.”

Having played 48 games for Town last season and being a fans favourite on and off the field, Coyle don’t think it will be as tough settling in this time round.

“The lads took to me well last year, and I don’t think I will find it hard getting to know everyone,” added the defender.

“I have had lots of banter with the lads, especially when the rumours were flying around about a return.

“For me I am looking forward to seeing them all and kicking on for the new season.”

Barton has had the players in pre-season training for a week now, and when asked about his preparations, Coyle added: “I always look after myself during the off-season, but the work does start tomorrow.

“It was nice to get away and have a few holidays with family and friends, and I do believe it’s important to do that’s and enjoy the time off.

“It was a long season for myself but ultimately it’s back to business.”

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