Fleetwood Town midfielder will put friendship aside when they host Rochdale

The past is firmly behind Callum Camps as he looks ahead to facing his former side Rochdale tomorrow.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 8:00 am

Fleetwood Town host League One’s bottom club, where midfielder Camps spent seven years and made over 200 appearances before last summer’s free transfer.

The 25-year-old doesn’t expect too many pleasantries with his old team-mates.

He said: “The first game earlier in the season was a bit strange because of how long I’d been there and it being the first time at a new club.

Fleetwood Town midfielder Callum Camps Picture: Stephen Buckley/PRiME Media Images Limited

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“It’s just another game. I can’t imagine I’ll be speaking to many of their players during the game but after the game I will.

“It’s a game they need to win to stay up, so it’s going to be a tough game.

“I’m only one player and it is what it is – you want to play your game and win your battles.

“We’re going to go into the game wanting to win and they’re going in needing to win.

Town’s 11-goal top scorer has had to be patient of late, having to watch most of the last month’s action from the bench.

Restored to the starting side for Monday’s 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, Camps was happy to be back, though he welcomes the fierce competition for places in Simon Grayson’s side.

“It was good to be back in the team,” he said. “I’d had a couple of niggly injuries and pulled out recently with a sore back, so it was just good to get 90 minutes after playing so many games this season and then missing four.

“It took me a little bit to get going but after that I felt really good.

“The lads have been doing well when I’ve not been playing, so I’ve got to come in and make a difference.

“I’ve come off the bench a couple of times but I wanted to start a game and make more of an impact. It was a good win.”

Of the battle to keep his spot, Camps added: “I’ve always said that competition is good. With this squad, if you don’t play there is always going to be another player who is going to take your shirt. You can imagine they will play really well and stay in the team.

“It gives you more motivation to keep training well and hard, then once you do get back you hopefully take your chance and stay in there.

“It puts pressure on you that you need in football to do well and work hard.”

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