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Tshimanga: I want to hit the ground running

1 September 2023

Club News

Tshimanga: I want to hit the ground running

1 September 2023

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Fleetwood Town's Deadline Day signing Kabongo Tshimanga sat down with local media today to discuss his loan move from fellow League One side, Peterborough United.

Tshimanga - who has been a prolific goal scorer over the last six seasons - arrives on the Fylde Coast with almost 300 appearances and more than 130 goals to his name, and will be ready for selection this weekend when Town go to Charlton Athletic.

Not only was the 26-year-old named in the Team of the Year four seasons in a row, whilst at Oxford City, Boreham Wood, and Chesterfield respectively, but he also won awards for Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at multiple clubs.

Here's what the forward had to say in his interview with BBC Radio Lancashire:

Being involved in a transfer day deal…

“I won’t lie, it’s not pleasant being a player in this situation, you want to get moves done quickly , make things sharpish and be ready for what's ahead.

“I have been in this situation a few times in my career, so I am used to it and all the hecticness that comes with it all.

“You do have to be reactive. You expect it and sometimes you have a feeling that you might be heading out on loan, or moving on and you mentally prepare yourself, but it’s the little things for your bags, your car and all the little things, but I was all set to go."

On being at Fleetwood for the season…

“I am very happy to be here at Fleetwood Town. The manager [Scott Brown] spoke to me and mentioned the things that I am missing out on – the move to Peterborough was obviously get minutes on the pitch and prove myself, but I haven’t had the chance to do that.

“He has reassured me and told me certain things that I wanted to look out for, and every time I wear the shirt, it won’t just be the football club I am representing, it’s a manager who has full belief in me and now it’s time to pay that back."

On the move from non-league to the EFL…

“In the last few years, I have been at Chesterfield and Boreham Wood to get minutes, but the only difference between that level and League One for me is the intensity, the quality of players as well and the defenders, they are cleverer with their movement and decision making so there are differences.

“I do think when you make the step up and are in and around the environment, you get use to the level and intensity and getting minutes on the football pitch helps with your sharpness and also helps you push on from there.

“Coming to Peterborough, it was great for me on a day-to-day basis with training and it’s the bits behind the scenes that people don’t see. I have worked hard this pre-season to get myself ready, I feel good, sharp, and ready so now for me it’s time for my feet to do the talking.”

On the pressure that comes being a striker…

“There is pressure as a striker, but I have always backed myself wherever I have been. I have been given a few opportunities and the platforms, but now here at Fleetwood Town, I need to prove to the manager on the training pitch that I can score goals and play well.

“I want to hit the ground running. As I said, I have played in a few cup competitions already this season so that will build me up nicely, I ain’t coming here without a pre-season under my belt, I am ready and if the manager needs me on Saturday!"

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