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Nadesan keen to hit the ground running for Cod Army

9 January 2019

Forward Ashley Nadesan is keen to establish himself at Fleetwood Town after returning from a loan spell at Carlisle United.

Nadesan scored eight goals in 25 league games for the League Two side and says he’s grown as a player during his time at Brunton Park.

The 24-year-old returned to training at Poolfoot Farm on Monday, and is in contention to feature for the first team against Oxford United this weekend.

“I’ve learnt a bit more about myself, about being bigger and stronger and more versatile in different positions,” he said.

“I was playing as a target man up front, which probably isn’t my best game, but then they changed it to a right-winger and I feel like I profited from that and got a few assists and goals.

“I feel like I’ve matured and I know the game a lot better than I did when I first came here.”

The former Horley Town man has only featured once off the bench in the league for the Cod Army, against AFC Wimbledon back in August 2017, with the striker ready to hit the ground running in 2019.

As soon as I walked in the door, the gaffer spoke to me and said that as long as I’m contracted at Fleetwood I’ll be in his plans.

“I feel like since he's come here, all the players have bought into everything that he’s wanted to do. He’s a player’s manager and everyone looks up to him.

“I’m not looking too much into their team [Oxford, Town’s opponents on Saturday], but we should move on from the disappointing result on Saturday and hopefully turn it into three points.

“We need to make Highbury a fortress again and hopefully push on further up the table.”

To force his way into the first team, Nadesan will have to dislodge Paddy Madden and Ched Evans, who have 24 goals between them in all competitions this season.

“Pre-season when I was here, I feel like me, Ched and Paddy had a good little connection and we pushed each other to do the best.

“Obviously, Ched and Paddy have done really well and I’m happy to be back amongst it again.”


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