Lewie Coyle is Fleetwood Town’s man of many positions

Fleetwood Town's Lewie Coyle
Fleetwood Town's Lewie Coyle

Lewie Coyle joked that Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton has plans to field him as a striker and a goalkeeper this season after his previous stints at Highbury.

Leeds United’s 23-year-old joined Town for a third loan spell last week and was straight on the plane to their pre-season tour in Portugal.

Coyle is set to play his first pre-season game as Town face an as yet unnamed opposition in the Algarve today.

He ended last season with the captaincy but played in a number of other positions after Wes Burns started to nail down the right-back and right wing-back roles.

With Burns having starting Town’s pre-season by playing in both positions during the 1-0 win over Wrexham, it appears the Welshman will be focused on a defensive role again.

Coyle admitted his role for the new season was something he had already spoken about with Barton.

He said: “We had a few jokes that there was only striker or in goal that I did not play last year,

“I spoke to him (Barton) numerous times in the summer and had a big chat when I left.

“I have enjoyed my time with all the coaching staff and the lads as I always do.

“We had a few conversations about things moving forward and I jumped at the chance when they made it apparent they wanted me back.”

The Portugal trip gives Coyle a chance to reacquaint himself with Town’s squad as well as meet new boys, Paul Coutts, Danny Andrew, Josh Morris and Jordan Rossiter.

He said: “The pre-season tour is a good chance to integrate with the new lads.

“I always look after myself in the off season; I think, as a professional, that is very important – then you come back and you are ready to go.

“I’ve enjoyed my time off after a long season but I’m looking forward to getting going.”