Head coach Scott Brown sat down on Friday afternoon after penning his new two-year deal with the club and gave an overview of his time so far at the club.
On the back of the good news of Harrison Holgate’s new deal on Thursday, this was backed up with the head coach committing the next two years to Town after what was a record-breaking first 12 months in the job.
Here’s what the gaffer had to say:
On his new two-year deal with the club…
“I’m delighted to get the new deal sorted; I’ve been speaking to Whitts [Steven Whittaker], Baz [Nicholson], Fonners [Owain Fon Williams] and told them I’d just signed a new two-year deal – I’m delighted to be here, and it’s been a good pre-season so far.
“I’ve enjoyed my first year at the club, it’s been an exciting one to be honest - from me retiring to coming to Fleetwood giving me this opportunity has been exceptional. I’m still learning on the job, we’re all still young coaches and trying to push a certain style of play to the lads.
“You want to have people who want to be here, like I do, as I’ve just signed a new two-year deal and I feel this is a step in the right direction for me as I’ve enjoyed my first year here – I believe we can push them a bit further as well.”
On the squad’s fitness during pre-season…
“The lads have taken the information in well and have shown they are a fit bunch of lads. They want to learn and have shown they are good on the ball, we put the training sessions on and ask them to do them, but they have to want to do them.
“We need to score more goals than we did last season, especially over the first six months, but we know that we’ve got a good squad as is. Do we want to add to it? Of course, we do and I’m sure that we will make some more additions as well.”
On the pre-season trip to Waterford…
“It’s been hard for the lads; during pre-season, you’ve got to have that willingness to run through a bit of pain and that’s what makes them all fitter and stronger. It’s part and parcel of pre-season as if you’re not willing to run, there will be others who are.
“Luckily, the lads have all come back in good condition, and that all feeds into the fact that we want everyone to enjoy the football, we want everyone to want to come into work as that’s massive to be in a place you want to be.
“Some of the fans have come over to Waterford and we’ve managed to go and see them, they’ve been great with me since I first came in. They’ve always been positive, and I think that’s one good thing about Fleetwood and something all clubs should be striving to do.”