CURTIS Obeng insisted Fleetwood Town’s ambition was a big factor in deciding his loan move from Premier League Swansea City.
The former Wrexham player, who made the move from North to South Wales in January, was thrown straight into Micky Mellon’s side for the trip to Rochdale on Saturday – an eventful introduction to life in The Football League.
But Obeng was pleased to be playing his part as Fleetwood chase yet another promotion.
He said: “It was good. It was exactly what I wanted to be doing, playing 90 minutes of football in an ambitious team in a competitive league, so it’s great.”
With Fleetwood struggling with injuries to a number of first team players, the loan move was engineered last week – Obeng due to stay at Highbury until December 23.
Obeng insists heading back north was an easy decision to make.
He said: “I heard some rumours, my agent asked if I wanted to go and my answer was yes, I wanted to go and play football in a team that is going in the right direction so of course I wanted to come.
“You can see on the pitch it’s a team that wants to be winning and up there with the teams fighting for promotion so it’s nice to be part of a team on the up.
“I’m here for two months. As long as they tell me to turn up I’ll turn up when I’m needed
“After the initial period, who knows what will happen, it would be good to stay but we’ll get to the end of the loan contract and see what happens.”
And, having played in the Conference last season, there are some familiar faces to help the defender settle in at Highbury, including former Wrexham man Lee Fowler.
Obeng said: “They’re a brilliant group. I know a lot of the lads round here and I’ve played against a few of them as well.
“It’s good to be part of the team and hopefully I can do well for Fleetwood.
“I’m just going to try and enjoy my time here.”
With Junior Brown suspended Obeng played on the right of the Fleetwood midfield at Spotland in a full blooded north west derby – which saw Scott Davies save a Dale penalty and Fleetwood’s Alex Marrow sent off.
The 23-year-old wasn’t rattled by the challenge.
He said: “It was brilliant to start with this one. Rochdale is a good club with a professional attitude and they’re going to be up there as well fighting for it so it was a great game to kick off with and a Lanashire derby as well.
“To get that first game here, not so far from Manchester where I live, so it was a really good day all round, its just a shame we couldn’t get a win, we’re happy with the draw and it was a great day all round.
“After the sending off they were really pushing us but we showed our discipline and came away with a valuable point.”
And Obeng came agonisigly close to handing Fleetwood all three points late on, jinking inside two defenders but unable to squeeze his shot past Josh Lillis in the Rochdale goal.
He said: “I’ve done the hard part, I’ve got inside the defenders and got the shot away. It probably wasn’t quite wide enough in the end, but I’m not too worried.
“It would have been nice to score but we’re all very happy to gave come away from a tough game with a point.”