New signing Zak Jules spoke to the club after joining the Cods from fellow Sky Bet League One side Milton Keynes Dons on loan for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
Jules, who has represented Scotland at four different age groups already in his career ranging from Under-17s all the way up to Under-21s, gaining 14 caps in that time, has featured 27 times since signing the Dons from Walsall a year ago and will now join Fleetwood’s backline.
Here’s what Zak had to say in his first interview:
On signing on with the Cods…
“I’m glad to be here; I’m happy to get it all signed and done and I’m wanting to get started with the lads. Everyone has been welcoming at the club, and I just want to get the games underway now. I had a conversation with the gaffer, and he seems good to talk to so I’m looking forward to working with him and the staff.
“The gaffer has told me about the way he wants the team to play, and he’s also expressed how much he wanted to get me in, which is what you want to hear as a player. You want to be playing football where you are wanted and feel valued as I think that adds a level to your performances.”
“Coming here was about playing regular football and having the opportunity to do that, but at the same time, I wanted to be at a club that I felt played the right way. I played against Fleetwood earlier on in the season for MK and it was a total footballing game, I felt it was two sides playing good football, which really stuck with me. When I heard Fleetwood were interested, I wasn’t too focused on any other options that may have been put to me.”
On the recent signing of Toto Nsiala…
“I wasn’t expecting the signing of Toto [Nsiala], I came in for my medical, opened the door and I saw his big head sitting down going through his paperwork and whatnot. He’s brilliant and I’m looking forward to getting back with him and, hopefully, building a rapport so we can put some good performances together.
“I feel like knowing him is important, when you are playing with someone who you are close with, it’s just human nature that you want each other to do well so it will be good. Hopefully, it’s a scenario where he will be covering my back and I’ll cover his when we do get the opportunity to play with each other. I’m looking forward to building and forging a relationship with him.”
On bringing different levels of experience to Fleetwood…
“I’ve been in different kinds of scenarios at different clubs, which has been good for myself. I don’t feel as if there is any kind of scenario that I would be new to at the minute so I can just focus on slotting and settling into a new group and a new environment. I want to get going now and put some points on the board for Fleetwood.
“It was a good experience playing for Scotland at the youth age groups. You get to travel across Europe, and you get to come up against different styles of play, and players, and I feel it was a really good experience for my development. I’ve played against players who have kicked on massively and have ended up playing in the Champions League.”