PETER Cavanagh goes into the season in high spirits, even though the 29-year-old feels a victim of his own versatility at Fleetwood Town.
Cavanagh explained: “Fortunately for me I can cover a number of positions – or probably unfortunately as it doesn’t help me to cement a position.”
Such is the lot of the utility player but the ex-Accrington Stanly man managed 21 appearances for Town last season and has a great chance of starting the season with four full-backs injured.
“A large squad is what the gaffer wants and I’m sure we’ll all be needed,” added Cavanagh, who featured at left-back (with Junior Brown, Paul Edwards and Alan Goodall all unavailable) in Saturday’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Oldham.
It was Town’s most demanding warm-up match yet, in the extreme heat, but Cavanagh felt fully prepared.
“It’s the the toughest pre-season I’ve ever done and I’m sure we’ll feel the benefit of it,” he said.
“It was really warm, and that affected the flow of the game, but I feel really strong. “We passed well and created a few more chances, but we conceded a sloppy goal.
“We are disappointed about it and we would like to be a bit more organised come the season. There were things we can still eradicate and I think we have improved as the pre-season has gone on.”
Scott Davies has every confidence that Town’s problems at both ends of the field will be behind them come the big kick-off at Grimsby on Saturday week.
The Town No.1 said: “I was disappointed to concede from a set-piece (against Oldham) because we should be switched on for those and I’m sure we will be by the time Grimsby comes round.
“I’m happy with my own performance and I just want to stay in the team because with a squad this good there is competition for every position.”
Town may not have scored in five home friendlies but that doesn’t worry the keeper, who added: “The higher up the leagues you go the fewer chances you are going to get. I thought we deserved to get on the scoresheet against Oldham but we will be firing on all cylinders at Grimsby.”
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