THE training is the most intense he’s ever known – but Jamille Matt is loving every minute at Fleetwood Town.
The 22-year-old striker has certainly been thrown in at the deep end and is revelling in the challenge.
Having never played a Football League match in his life, Matt was in Town’s starting 11 against Bristol Rovers just three days after signing from Conference club Kidderminster.
He brought with him a reputation for goalscoring – netting eight in his final seven games for the Harriers – and knows he must live up to it in order to keep hold of a shirt at Highbury.
But Matt is undaunted by the step up in status. He said: “I’m loving it, enjoying every minute. All the lads have made me feel welcome.
“If anything, training is more intense than I’m used to but that can only help me get up to speed as quickly as possible. I’m happy to be here and looking forward to the future.”
Matt realises the competition for places will prevent him easing up for a moment.
He added: “The competition will keep me and all the lads on their toes. There are a few strikers here and Parky (Jon Parkin) coming back from injury. We are here to score, and if you are not performing your place can be taken.”
If that isn’t enough motivation for the newcomer, he is as determined as all his team-mates to make amends for the demoralising 3-0 home defeat by basement club Bristol Rovers last time out.
Last weekend’s postponement at Barnet means Town have been mulling over their poor performance against the Pirates for the past 10 days.
Matt said: “It was very frustrating to have the game postponed, and after the defeat last week the lads just wanted to put that right. The quickest way to do that was to bounce back and hopefully get a win.
“Now we just have to train hard and look forward to the next game at home to Oxford.
“The lads have worked hard to try to put the Bristol Rovers game behind us and try to look forward, and that’s what we’ve been doing.
“I think this week will be more of the same, with plenty of hard work in training.
Manager Graham Alexander has hinted that places are up for grabs and Matt is ready to fight for his spot.
“Everyone is looking for a starting place, and knows that if they impress in training they will get that ch