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Finley: It’s just another game for me

19 October 2020

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Midfielder Sam Finley spoke to the press ahead of Fleetwood Town’s trip to the Wham Stadium to face Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.

The 28-year-old joined Town from Tuesday night’s opponents, where he made 82 appearances and scored six goals in two seasons. Finley is available for selection and hopes he can make his debut against his former side in the Sky Bet League One clash against Stanley.

The midfielder sat down with the press at Poolfoot Farm on Monday afternoon, here is what he had to say:

On Accrington…

“They are a good side, the work rate that they have is great. The coaching staff there will be expecting front-foot football and for their players to start pressing from the front. I found that a lot of teams disrespected Accrington when I first joined them, and they got a bit of a rude awakening so the gaffer and everyone here knows that.

“They’ve been in League One for two years now so they know what is expected and know what is going to come their way so it will be an interesting game. It will be strange but it’s a game I’m looking forward to and one I can’t wait for."

On his return…

“It’s been a long time coming, in terms of me coming back. I’ve been training well and have been doing some extra fitness work most days, doing some double sessions as well. I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get going.

“It’s just another game for me, especially with me having that lengthy spell out. It is just my first game back, regardless of who it’s against.

“It’s not felt like that long, with the changeover from clubs to club, it’s come a lot quicker than I thought it would. I’ve been keeping myself ticking over whilst off. Going on runs down the beach and doing a bit of fitness in Crosby all so I would be ready to come back when I was called on."

On moving from Accrington to Fleetwood…

“As soon as Fleetwood came calling, I thought it would be a great opportunity, especially with everything going on in the world. As soon as this move became available, I was made up. It’s a great club with amazing facilities which are unbelievable.

“It’s a very strong squad this season. We’ve brought some big players in throughout the window, the stature of players we’ve brought in are brilliant. Charlie [Mulgrew] came in, as well as Callum Connolly and Tom Edwards from Stoke who was in today - it was his first training session and he looks like a good player.

“Competition is healthy for players. I think to get out of League One, you need 18-20 players who are all good enough to go into the side and do a job and I think that’s exactly what the gaffer has got here.”

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