Eight’s just great – now boss can’t wait

Pictures Martin Bostock.'Fleetwood Town Press Conference ahead of the play-off semi-final.' Manager Micky Mellon.
Pictures Martin Bostock.'Fleetwood Town Press Conference ahead of the play-off semi-final.' Manager Micky Mellon.

MICKY Mellon has announced that Fleetwood’s pre-season trading is over – he is happy with his eight summer signings and can’t wait for the new season.

The Fleetwood boss has had a busy summer so far, bringing in centre halves Rob Atkinson and Matty Hughes, midfielders Keith Briggs and Peter Till, strikers Richard Brodie and Andy Mangan, left-back Paul Edwards and keeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton.

Now the dealing is done, Mellon can relax for a few days before the players return for pre-season training a week tomorrow.

“That is us finished now,” confirmed the manager, who is delighted with the club’s transfer business ahead of their second season at non-league’s elite level.

“We pretty much identified those players we wanted to get early on and did the deals,” he said.

“Throughout the year, we had put together what you might call a hit-list of players we felt would make us better, and as soon as the season finished we thought we’d try to get things done as quickly as possible.

“I’m delighted with how it has worked out because I know already what my entire squad will be and exactly who I will be working with from the first day of pre-season.

“That’s good because it means I now have a little time to relax and get myself focused.

“Sometimes, looking for players can be disruptive to pre-season. I’ll have none of those worries – I can get down to work with the lads straight away.

“I guess if someone popped up that myself and the chairman couldn’t believe was available – which does sometimes happen – then we would go for them.

“My chairman has said if that’s the case we could do it – but at the minute I’m delighted with the group I’ve got.

“They are young, ambitious and hungry – all the usual words you’d expect me to say. But this lot really are. They want to be at the club and they want to play at the top end of this level.”

Asked how Fleetwood had been able to get their business done when many other clubs, such as neighbours Blackpool, are struggling to make breakthroughs in the transfer market, Mellon replied: “It is as straightforward as you want it to be.

“If we have a player and an agent in a room, it either gets done or it doesn’t. We won’t haggle.

“We get them in and say, ‘Look, we know this player wants to come to the club. We want him here, so let’s do a deal.’ We do it there and then, then we move on to the next one.”

Mellon is confident that Town’s second Blue Square Bet Premier season can be even more successful than the first, which saw them reach the play-offs for promotion to the Football League.

“I’m totally happy with how the summer’s gone,” added Mellon. “Now let’s get going with pre-season.”