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Conn-Clarke: It's a proud moment for my family and friends back home

28 September 2021

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Forward Chris Conn-Clarke topped off a great week on Saturday as he came off the bench to make his Fleetwood Town debut in the club’s draw against Cambridge United.

The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has been on the bench a few times for Simon Grayson’s side but finally got his chance to step over the white line and show what he’s got in Town’s last outing.

After the game, Cricky said on his debut: “I came on when we were 2-1 down trying to win the game and get a few goals, obviously a proud moment for my family and friends back home. Coming on after Paddy made his debut two weeks ago, it shows that the gaffer has given the young kids a chance. Hopefully, they’ve all been watching the match.

“They were a very physical side, obviously away from home the crowd had a good atmosphere here as well so coming on I was a bit nervous but once I got my first touch the lads behind me were helping me, giving me good advice on the pitch and we’ve got the draw in the end, it’s a good point away from home.”

He came off the bench alongside fellow countryman Paddy Lane and the winger is cherishing the fact that he can come on and play with his friend and was ecstatic when he scored the equaliser late on to secure a point for the side and, thus, keep the unbeaten streak alive.

“Ged [Garner] last year was training with us, he’s kicked on. Paddy equalised today. Coming on today was unbelievable and the lads were helping me as well. He [Paddy Lane] has ran away with a few tears in his eyes but absolutely buzzing for him as well, he’s a good mate.

“From day one I’ve been trying to do it for my family and myself as well. Hopefully, they’ll have been watching the match and they’ll have seen me coming on.”

Ahead of the game both of these players were in the community as they did a talk with the club’s Community Sports College BTEC students at Poolfoot Farm and he feels that it’s a great way to get to know people in and around the area and within the club.

“It's great to get my face out there, it was good going to talk to the BTEC lads and share the experiences I’ve had in my short career so far. The Fleetwood fans want to get to know me, and I want to get to know them a lot better.”

All we have to say is congratulations on making your professional debut Cricky – here’s too many more!


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