Johnson so excited by Fleetwood deal

New signing at Fleetwood Town FC-Damien Johnson
New signing at Fleetwood Town FC-Damien Johnson
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SURPRISE new Fleetwood Town signing Damien Johnson has spoken of his excitement at linking up with the country’s newest Football League club, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

The Northern Ireland international turned down Championship football with Huddersfield to buy into the continuing rise of the Highbury club.

Johnson said: “Sitting down with the manager and the chairman, I know how ambitious they are.

“They are delighted to be in the League, but they are not just happy to be in League Two, they want to progress from there.

“That was part of the thinking that got me here.

“Most people dread pre-season training, but I am excited about it and I can’t wait for July 5.

“Fleetwood have had so many promotions in six seasons that I have almost lost count.

“I remember coming here with Huddersfield in pre-season and being very impressed with the set-up and the facilities.

“It is first class for a club coming out of the Conference, and there are plans in place to do even more.

“The success of the club on the field has been matched by the success off it.

“I hope I can put all my experience to good use,” the 33-year-old added.

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon had been resigned to missing out on Johnson after he was offered a contract by Huddersfield, but his persistence and the way he sold the club paid off.

Among his new team-mates, Johnson will find winger Peter Till, who spent time at Birmingham City alongside Fleetwood’s new capture.