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Johnston: I like to think that I'm a leader within the group

29 September 2023

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Defender Carl Johnston spoke to the local media ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One match against newly-promoted Leyton Orient.

Johnston was named captain last time out against Burton Albion, and it capped off a great month for the youngster after being named Northern Ireland's Under-21s captain during the last international break for their UEFA Qualifiers. 

The 21-year-old has made eight appearances for the Cod Army this season, taking his tally to 59 games and if selected to play on Saturday, he will make his 60th appearance for the Club he joined in 2018. 

With stopping the rot at the weekend against Burton, Johnston knows the importance of getting points on the board against Richie Wellens' side on Saturday.

On the squad and being captain at Burton...

"This is the start of my sixth season at Fleetwood Town, I have been here a long time now but for me, it has been an enjoyable season despite us not getting the results on the pitch.

"I have played most of the games, but I am confident we can build on the Burton game as we have really good lads in the dressing room and I just can't wait for us to put points on the board.

"I always try and take responsibility. When I broke through at a young age, I took on that responsibility and I like to think that I am a leader within the group to get the armband for last weekend, I was happy for him to trust me but for me, I went about my business as usual.

"It was a great feeling getting the armband. It shows he will believe in young lads to be a leader and for him to show faith in what I bring to the team was an unbelievable feeling."

On working with our manager, Lee Johnson...

"The gaffer has his own way of implementing things on the team and how he wants us to play. That's different but it's all been positive around the building and as a group, we are all looking forward to the next few weeks. Hopefully, we can get points on the board and climb the table.

"As I say everybody is different and they want to put their stamp on different areas. I will always buy into what the manager wants and give it 100%.

"We have the belief that we can put a serious run together and that's our main goal, we know it's still early in the season, but there are lots of points to play for."

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