Defender Liam Hogan has come a long way in a short time.
He has worked his way to be a vital component in the title-chasing Fleetwood Town squad, just a few months after quitting part-time soccer with Halifax Town and his full-time job as a PE teacher.
It’s not the only transformation in Hogan’s life - normally a central defender, he has moved to full-back with notable success, starting in all five matches to date in league and cup.
Speaking before tomorrow’s trip to AFC Wimbledon with third-placed Town, Hogan said: “Overall I am happy with my situation.
“I have fitted in really well and have been in the starting line-up for the first few games and I am enjoying my football.
“I have moved to right-back and cemented my position in that place, and Graham Alexander, who played in that position, has helped me a lot.”
Hogan is relishing the chance to play league
“It’s a new challenge for me and being involved in attacking and I am trying to take it on board and it’s new surroundings for me going from being a PE teacher to full-time football
“I did three-and-half years as a PE teacher, but I am a front foot type of person and I want to make the most of the chance to go full-time.
“I looked at the club and it has come up from non-league and is progressing well and obviously aiming to go better with the new training ground and the signings we have made.
“I want to be involved in a set-up like this, which is going for promotion.”
Hogan, who joined Fleetwood in the close season, hopes that the 3-2 defeat at Burton was only a temporary aberration, and the signs are optimistic given that Town bounced back by securing three points at Hartlepool last Saturday.
Hogan puts it down to a period of disarray when everything went awry.
“We had a bad 25 minutes against Burton, but we turned the game in the second half and went pressing for a point and maybe a winner.
“It has shown that we need to be professional for 90 minutes – I know the lads can offer a lot more than we did in that 25 minutes against Burton.
“We got a good win against Hartlepool and kept a clean sheet – we worked on (rectifying) a few mistakes we made.”
“We would like to be right in the mix at the business end of the season and we would like to win this league.
“If we did go up it would be a great achievement.”
“With the squad we have got, even the players who have not been involved too much could become involved and do a job themselves.”