Steven Schumacher is hoping Fleetwood Town can find the killer touch to inspire their escape from League Two.
The experienced midfielder joined from Bury early in the summer, having skippered the Gigg Lane club in League One last season.
And he’s hoping a little League One experience will help Town improve on their 13th-placed finish last time around. “It’s not that much of a difference from League One,” insisted Schumacher.
“Every game is competitive. You don’t get any easy games. You have to scrap and work hard for any results you get. I’d probably say that in League Two there are teams who make a few more mistakes at both ends.
“If we can capitalise on those mistakes, and if we can have a little bit of quality and punish teams, then we can do well.”
Schumacher, a former Everton trainee and England U19 international, brings vital leadership experience to the heart of the Fleetwood midfield, not to mention goals – he scored 10 in the Shakers’ relegation battle.
But he’ll have to wait to see if he’s the man to lead Town this season, with former Stevenage skipper Mark Roberts and keeper Scott Davies rivals for the captain’s armband
“Yes, I would love to captain the Fleetwood team,” said Schumacher.
“I’ll try to use my experience and influence on and off the field as much as I can, whether I’m captain or not.
“I won’t change the way I’m going to play and going to be around the lads.
“If I get asked to do that job, great. But if I don’t, you’ll still see the same moaning Stephen Schumacher.”
Whatever his role, the 29-year-old is determined to be back in League One next season.
He said: “I wouldn’t have come here if I thought we were going to plod along in League Two. I believe what the manager said to me when I first met him.
“He’s got ambition to get out of this league and push on.
“The chairman will back him and hopefully we can get a good start to the season, push on and get out of this league.”
And he’s already settling in at Fleetwood, discovering who the characters are in the Highbury dressing room.
“I’m enjoying it,” said Schumacher. “The lads all seem like a good group and it’s a case of so far so good. Big Jon (Parkin) is a bit of a character, isn’t he? But there are a few here
“Everyone is playing their part. It’s a massive thing in these lower leagues that everybody gets on in the team.
“If we can do things outside of football together as a group, that would be great.
I’ll be trying to work on the social side of it too.”
Shumacher missed the first few days of training with Town, recovering from a hernia operation.
But he’s already done with playing catch-up and raring to go.
He said: “I missed the first few days of training with little niggles, after recovering from the hernia over the summer.
“It’s on the mend and it’s feeling good. There are little bits of stiffness here and there after certain sessions.
“The lads said it was hard in the first few days, with all the running.
“I had to be pulled out of those sessions but I’m in full training now and trying to get up to speed as quickly as I can.”
Town are spending the week training at Obertraun in the Austrian Alps, where today they take on local side SV Bad Ischl.