Fleetwood Town’s recently crowned Community Player of the Year Brendan Wiredu sat down with the media on Friday ahead of the side’s final game of the season against Ipswich Town.
Wiredu, 23, has been an ever-present figure in the Town side since his arrival to the Fylde Coast last summer and has swiftly become a fans’ favourite with the Cod Army. So much so that he was named the Community Player of the Year at the End of Season Awards Night on Thursday evening.
Here’s what Brendan had to say in his latest interview:
On how welcome he’s felt at Fleetwood…
“Since I’ve come to the club, I’ve been welcomed with open arms so I think the least I can do is give something small back to the people who have welcomed me into their town. They’ve made it easy for me to be comfortable on the pitch, so it’s made it an easy transition to playing here.
“This is a very family-oriented area so when I came here from Colchester, which was a family area as well, I can say that it feels pretty much the same which has made me happy. The least I can do when people look up to me and the other players is giving something back as it might make their days.”
On having to adjust to League One football…
“At the start, it was a bit challenging because I’ve never played in League One before, but it was all about adjusting to it, which I think I did well. I’ve played in multiple positions this season and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about my game, and I still feel that there’s a lot more to come from me.
“This is only really the start; everyone knows that I prefer to play in midfield, but I’ve done well at centre back, so you don’t change something that isn’t broken. I can still do the same things at centre back as I do in midfield as well as I can step out with the ball, and I feel comfortable doing that.
“There’s been certain games where we know we should have gotten three points and a positive is that we know we’ve ben in every game we’ve played, but compared to where the team was last year, it’s been a positive season.”
On being role models to aspiring footballers…
“We’re professional footballers 24 hours a day, not just when we are out on the pitch. Everyone is looking at us so we can’t do certain things that others may do in their day to day lives.
“We see kids who aspire to be like us and will probably take the behaviour and mannerisms that we do, both on and off the pitch, into their own lives because they want to be professional footballers. It’s only right then that we set the right examples and be positive role models to them.”
Supporters can watch the full interview live on iFollow HERE!