Proctor poised for Germany adventure

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Striker Jamie Proctor is rested up and raring to go, with Fleetwood Town’s summer training camp little over a month away.

Town head out to Germany in July and will play two matches – one against Borussia Dortmund B, the second against an as yet unnamed opponent.

It’s just part of a busy pre-season for Graham Alexander’s men, who have already confirmed friendlies against AFC Fylde and Kilmarnock, with a big-name Lancashire club expected to be revealed as a further opponent later this week.

The build-up to the campaign will have extra importance this year, with Fleetwood undergoing a massive summer rebuild.

Manager Graham Alexander and his backroom team continue in their search for talent.

They are keen to recruit hungry young players as well as adding experience in key positions.

The Fleetwood manager is hoping to have the majority of his squad in place ahead of the German trip – a switch from recent years, when Town have trained at Obertraun in Austria.

Proctor believes it will be a great chance to bond.

He said: “I think all the lads will be looking forward to going to Germany this summer and, like the gaffer has said, it’s a change from going to Austria.

“Germany will be something new for all of us as we won’t know what to expect, but we’ve got friendlies lined up there and that will be exciting.

“It’s always good to get away and it’s good for the new lads as well to bond with the squad, so it should be a good trip.

“We’ll be trained hard by the gaffer before we go to Germany but it’s going to be even harder when we get out there.

“It’s a new trip for the lads as it’s not something we’ve done in the past but it will be very tough, just like every year has been.”

Alexander has to work to a strict budget this year as Town look to move away from the big-spending model which won six promotions in 10 years.

Financial Fair Play regulations mean they can only spend 60 per cent of turnover on wages, while the club is also looking to get a return on its £6.5m training ground investment in Thornton.

But the manager could find his kitty boosted by Jamie Vardy’s England debut on Sunday.

Town will be due a six-figure sum from Leicester City after the striker came on as a substitute in the 0-0 friendly draw against the Rebublic of Ireland in Dublin.