Laurels and Vardy

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JAMIE Vardy insists Fleetwood Town will not “take the Micky” in their final two games ... and that could be bad news for Cambridge and Luton Town.

The Town top scorer says training has been “relaxed” this week but insists the Conference champions will be taking their final two fixtures as a non-leaague club seriously before embarking on next season’s big adventure in League Two.

The 25-year-old said: “Luton (Town’s final opponents after Saturday’s trip to Cambridge) still have a chance of the play-offs and it would not be right to turn up half-heartedly for the remaining games.”

The Yorkshiremen has been anything but “half-hearted” this season, transforming the club since his arrival from Halifax at the end of a difficult opening month.

His 33 goals included hat-tricks against Alfreton and Ebbsfleet and goal doubles in a further seven league fixtures.

“I’m proud of the goals but it’s all about the points we’ve managed to get as a team,” he said.

Vardy’s phenomenal season has inevitably seen him linked with clubs at higher levels, and Town were besieged with enquiries during the January transfer window, when chairman Andy Pilley insisted that any buyer would have to loan the striker straight back to complete the job of blasting Town into the Football League.

Now that mission has been accomplished, Vardy will surely become the centre of transfer speculation again.

The player, however, is simply grateful for the chance afforded to him at Highbury.

He said of Town’s title success: “It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to come here and the season has worked out perfectly.”

Like his team-mates, he discovered that Town had been promoted during Saturday’s squad day out at Aintree Racecourse.

“I was watching one of races when I found out Grimsby had drawn at Wrexham.

“My horse had lost the National but I was made up when the gaffer phoned to say, ‘Well done’.”

Jamie Vardy was talking to DERICK THOMAS