Fleetwood Town began pre-season training yesterday and Liam Hogan was delighted to step into a brave new world.
The 24-year-old defender, one of Town’s five summer signings so far, was delighted to step into a full-time environment after winning promotion to the Conference with Halifax.
Hogan said: “I was absolutely made up and over the moon. It was nice to wake up on Friday and travel in for a training session. I’m kind of like a new kid in class but I want new challenges.”
The centre-half is raring to go despite having had less of a summer break than his new team-mates. He explained: “It was a short summer for myself after finishing the season so late with Halifax. They had a heavy backlog of fixtures after a lot of postponements, so credit to the lads for making the play-offs and going through all those games to win promotion (beating Brackley in the final). Friday was a bit rough but I was quite pleased with the results and it was a nice welcome back.”
While with the Shaymen, Hogan wasn’t short of friendly advice about Fleetwood. Former Cod Army favourite Gareth Seddon was with Halifax last season and striker Alex Titchiner went there for a loan spell. “Sedds said a lot of good things about the club, and when Titch came down he said Fleetwood had given him a chance. That’s all I want – a chance to show I can do it in the Football League because I haven’t had that opportunity yet.
“Sedds and Titch talked about the support they received from the club, the fans and the other players at Fleetwood, and that’s why the club has done so well,” Hogan added
He has also picked the brains of another inspirational Town old boy whose career has taken off since his Halifax days.
Hogan revealed: “I also spoke with Jamie Vardy a few times. He’s a cut above on the pitch and deserved all his success.”