AT a time of year when many footballers are battling fatigue and niggling injuries, Fleetwood Town’s Sean Clancy hasn’t felt so good all season.
The 23-year-old feels fit, fresh and relishing the run-in, and he showed his sharpness with the winning goal in the vital win over Wrexham last weekend.
But that was only Clancy’s second league goal of the season, quite a contrast to 2009-10 when only Adam Warlow outscored him in Town’s promotion campaign.
Last season’s exploits have made the midfielder’s “rollercoaster” 2010-11 all the more frustrating. In an injury-hit season following a summer hernia operation, Clancy was a peripheral figure for five months, but he has featured more regularly since the turn of the year and has started the last three games.
And now he looks set to end the season as the key player he had hoped to be from the start. Clancy said: “A lot of players have operations and can be out for a season with rehab. It’s taken nearly a season to get me back to full fitness.
“But I’m feeling strong and want as much game time as I can get. There’s always room for improvement and there’s a lot more to come from me. I’ll keep working hard to reach the levels I want to reach, even with just a few games left.”
And that goal against Wrexham has given his team-mates a boost as well. He added: “Three points definitely lifted the spirits around training. People get confident and it takes a bit of pressure off. It also takes us one step in the right direction towards the play-offs, where we need to be.
“I made a run and Keigan Parker put me in with a great ball. At first I thought I was offside but I didn’t hear the whistle. The keeper saved my shot well, but fortunately it came back into my path and I was able to put the ball on to my right foot and score.
“My goal count is well below the target I set, but with the injury situation I’ve not had as much game time as I would have liked. Hopefully, I can kick on now and get some more.”
Precious as Saturday’s win was against their play-off rivals, Clancy is well aware that Town have to improve against teams in the wrong half of the table.
Six of Town’s final seven games are against sides in the lower half and Clancy added: “We’ve played really well against top-half sides but every point is crucial so we need to put these teams in the lower half to bed. We’ve got to give ourselves the best possible chance.”
n The deadline for signing emergency loans in the Conference is 5pm tomorrow.