LEAGUE Two player of the month nominee Scott Davies believes the coaching changes at Fleetwood Town can only make him a better player, writes ROB STOCKS.
Davies was one of three nominees for the December award, having kept four clean sheets in five games for Graham Alexander’s side, and although that run coming to an end at Northampton Town last Saturday the keeper is excited by the arrival of David Lucas at the club.
Former Preston and Birmingham keeper Lucas is Fleetwood’s first full-time goalkeeping coach, something Davies welcomes.
He said: “It’s good for me to work with someone with the ability and experience of David Lucas. He’s played the game at a very high level and brings that experience with him to Fleetwood.
“David’s not just come to the club as a coach – he’s here to play football too.
“He’s still got that hunger to play the game and I’m sure he’ll be pushing me and Chris Maxwell all the way for a place in the side.
“That extra competition, and the experience and ideas he brings, can only be a good thing.”
Town’s part-time goalkeeping coach Steve McIlhargey left the club following the appointment of Lucas.
Davies added: “I’m so grateful for everything Steve McIlhargey has done. We go back a long way and he’s been there through my whole career.
“We worked together at Morecambe and again here at Fleetwood. I can’t say enough about how great he has been to work with.
“But he couldn’t commit to doing the job full-time, which is what the club needed.”
Davies is delighted to have Lucas on hand every day to pass on advice.
He said: “As a keeper it’s what you want, having a coach there all the time.
“Even if you want to just call up to talk something over, it’s what we need. I’ve no doubt it will be of benefit for us.”
The keeper is also pleased to see some familiar faces back at Highbury, with a number of players returning after loan spells away.
Danny Rowe, Ryan Crowther and Nathan Pond have all returned to Town in the past week, Alexander wanting to take a look at every player at his disposal as part of his review of the whole club.
Davies said: “Everyone knows what a good player Pondy is and Grimsby fought tooth and nail to keep hold of him.
“With Youl Mawene fit as well, that gives us five top centre-halves to choose from.
“It just shows the depth of the squad and the competition for places.”
And Rowe’s return is a boost for a different reason. Davies joked: “I’m pleased to have Danny back, partly because he only lives around the corner and can give me a lift in to training.”
The return to action of Anthony Barry, after almost 18 months out injured, is another major boost for Davies.
“Anthony’s worked his socks off to get back to where he is,” said the Town no.1.
“He is a very good footballer and I think he has shown he’s lost none of that. It really is like having a new signing.”