Defender Danny Andrew insists he couldn’t have a better role model than boss Graham Alexander as he begins his career with Fleetwood Town.
The 23-year-old left-back became Town’s first signing of the summer when he joined from non-league Macclesfield Town.
And he’s ready to learn from his manager, who played more than 1,000 professional matches, most of them as a full-back.
“He’s an inspiration,” said Andrew. “Any young player who has a manager who has played where you want to be, he’s got to be an inspiration.
“I spoke to Graham Alexander before I signed. With his background and his history, it’s a no-brainer.
“With me being a full-back as well I couldn’t think of a better gaffer to work under.”
Andrew insisted his first few days with Fleetwood had been a wake-up call ut he had been warmly welcomed at the club’s Fylde RFC training base.
He told The Gazette: “The start of training was tough.
“Coming in and meeting with the lads, I didn’t really know anyone. I knew of people through people.
“But they’ve welcomed me in perfectly and I’m happy to be here.”
It isn’t Andrew’s first experience of League football, the defender having previously played for Cheltenham Town.
And he believes now is the time to make his mark on the game, having been given a second bite of the cherry.
“I’ve have League experience,” he told The Gazette, “but I had to drop out of it to get some more games.
“I really feel I’m ready for that second chance. I’m ready to make a career of it.
“I’ve got to take everything as it comes, not set myself too great expectations.
“It’s just about taking every day as it comes and, touch wood everything will be all right.”
And he believes the example set by Antoni Sarcevic, one of the star men of Fleetwood’s promotion campaign is one he can follow.
The maidfielder joined Town from Chester and Andrew added: “A lot of lads are coming out of non-league,” he said.
“A lot of clubs are going down into those divisions looking for players.
“Antoni Sarcevic has made a big impact here and there’s no reason I can’t do the same.”
Andrew will certainly see a change of surroundings this season, swapping Conference stadia for the likes of Bramall Lane and Deepdale.
But the full-back isn’t daunted by the prospect, and he’s already excited by what is to come.
He said: “After I signed I had a phone call from one of my mates asking what games my mum and dad would come to. They don’t live far from here.
“I thought Preston, Peterborough United, Sheffield United – they are massive clubs compared to what I was facing last year.
“I’m just looking forward to every minute of it.”
Andrew wouldn’t be drawn on what target Fleetwood had set themselves for the forthcoming season, but made it clear there was no fear of relegation from the third tier.
He said: “What we want to do this season is staying in the camp.
“First and foremost you don’t want to be relegated but we’re not worrying about that.”
While the end to the campaign is still distant, Fleetwood are already beginning the build-up to their first League One clash, Crewe Alexandra at home on Saturday August 9.
They face Colwyn Bay in a pre-season friendly this Thursday before heading off to Austria over the weekend to continue their preparations.
And Andrew told The Gazette the squad had only one focus.
He said:”Everything now is just to do with August 9.
“It’s about making sure the lads are fit enough.
“No doubt we will be and hopefully we’ll start the campaign with a win.”