Graham Alexander has made clear his respect for keeper Scott Davies – after Fleetwood’s home town hero departed for pastures new.
Alexander made it clear Davies needed to be in a position to be number one choice between the posts - something he couldn’t guarantee at Highbury given the form of Chris Maxwell.
Davies has joined National League Tranmere Rovers - replacing Owain Fon Williams who is, by coincidence, the man keeping Maxwell out of the Welsh international squad.
Alexander insists fans should recognise the contribution Davies had made to Fleetwood’s remarkable success.
He said: “Scott was the number one when I came here and for the first year, just over a year.
“He always held himself in the right way.
“He lost his place to Maxi (Chris Maxwell) and with his form Scott has found it difficult to get back in.
“But Scott a number one goalkeeper.
“I was aware of that fact.”
The Fleetwood boss made it clear that despite his frustration Davies - who spent time on loan at Accrington and Morecambe last term - was never trouble for him or his coaching staff.
“He always held himself in the best way around the lads, around the club, never caused anyone any problems around the club,” said Alexander.
“He always trained to his maximum, he was a fantastic professional.
“Everyone here wishes him all the best in his future.
“He is a good lad.
“We’ve got to remember the great job he did for the club in the past.”
Davies was one of those notably absent when Fleetwood reported for training at Poolfoot Farm yesterday.
Conor McLaughlin was also missing but he will return on Monday having spent much of the summer break on international duty with Northern Ireland.
But new boys Amari’i Bell, Declan McManus and Jimmy Ryan were all present, along with young stars Nick Haughton and Ash Hunter.
The ‘elite’ pitches being prepared for Town won’t be ready until the players return from their pre-season tour to Germany.
But Alexander was able to put his men to the test on the grass – a morning spent fitness training before the players got a chance to kick a ball in the afternoon.
Alexander and his management team had worked around the clock to get the temporary buildings at the site ready.
But he was glad to be moved in to Town’s £6.5m home.
“It’s good,” he said.
“It’s obviously not the finished article yet.
“It’s a work in progress but just to be here, to see the building going up, to be in a different environment with the pitches and everything .
“It’s exciting for us.
“There’s a spring in the step of everybody.
“I’ve been itching for this day for a few weeks now.”
Town kick off their pre-season against AFC Fylde on July 9.