Winger Phoenix Patterson sat down at Poolfoot Farm for his first interview since signing for the club at the start of the month and told all about his first few weeks at Fleetwood.
Patterson, who was named the League of Ireland First Division Player of the Season last year, joined the Cods on New Year’s Day and has since made his debut in the cup in the historic Emirates FA Cup Third Round win over Championship side Queens Park Rangers a week later. The 22-year-old will now be looking to push on and make his league debut this weekend against Sheffield Wednesday.
Here’s what Phoenix had to say in his interview:
On the opportunity presented with the Cods…
“It was a great game to make my debut in as it was a historic win for the club – I was just happy to get out onto the pitch and help see out the last 20 minutes of the game – we’re all really looking forward to the next round. I’m happy that Fleetwood has given me this opportunity to come and play here so I hope I can repay them with my performances on the pitch.
“I’ve really enjoyed working under him [Scott Brown] so far, he has been brilliant with me, and he’s been very welcoming since the first day I came in. He drives the standards in training and on the pitch and has good ideas on how he wants us to play and set up. Whenever the gaffer calls on me, I will make sure I’m ready and there to give everything I’ve got for the team.
“If I get into the team this weekend, it’ll be the biggest ground ever played in so I’m looking forward to the game and taking in the atmosphere there and will look for a positive result.”
On his goals in his career and the steps he’s taken so far…
“When I went over to Ireland, the plan in my head was to always work a way back over here so when I went over to Waterford, I always tried my best to score goals, get assists, and play as well as I could because I knew that it would give me the best chance to come back to England.
“My main focus has been to get into the team here at Fleetwood since day one, Promise [Omochere] has definitely helped me settle in here as he has been on a similar path coming over here. The football industry is tough so you’ve just got to try and take everything in your stride and try to stay as level as you can.
“You have to make sure you don’t ever get too high, or too low, and when you always have a goal in mind and want to work towards that every day, I think it allows you to deal with the situations that are placed in front and that’s kind of what I’ve done.”
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