Town keeper’s Max confidence

Chris Maxwell
Chris Maxwell

Keeper Chris Maxwell insists Fleetwood Town will return stronger with the experience of a season in League One.

Town’s goalkeeper has so far enjoyed the spotlight, earning plaudits from fans and pundits, maintaining one of the division’s top clean-sheet records and catching the eye of Wales boss Chris Coleman.

He narrowly missed out on a call-up for last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium – named in the provisional squad but failing to make the cut.

Some believe it’s only a matter of time before the 24-year-old gets his chance.

But for now Maxwell’s focus remains on Fleetwood.

And he’s confident Town can better their 2014/15 performance as they won’t be starting the campaign blind.

“Before last season I hadn’t played in League One before,” he said.

“You learn. I imagine it’s like that for most players.

“Your second season in a higher league isn’t going to be easier but you’re not going in with your eyes closed. It can only be a good thing.

“There are some top quality teams who have come into the league. You look at who has come down – Millwall, Wigan and Blackpool.

“That will provide another test for us and I think we’re going to do very well.”

Town have been forced to cut their cloth somewhat this summer.

Top earners like Stephen Dobbie, Jeff Hughes, David Ball and Josh Morris have departed.

But exciting young stars, like Antoni Sarcevic and Nick Haughton, remain along with the core of boss Graham Alexander’s frugal defence.

And Maxwell is confident the Highbury club will start their second season in the third tier stronger than ever.

“I don’t think the manager or the staff are going to be wanting to diminish our chances of a successful season,” he added.

“The players we’ve brought in are very good and I imagine there are more to come, which can only strengthen the side.

“The players here from last season have that experience. They know what the gaffer wants and what the league is all about.

“We can only add to that in what looks to be a promising season.”