GTF hands Pool big boost

Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher
Blackpool's Gary Taylor-Fletcher
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GARY Taylor-Fletcher has been given the green light to resume training.

The striker injured his ankle ahead of the play-off final in May and has spent the summer receiving treatment.

But Taylor-Fletcher told The Gazette he’s ready to go.

“I’ve been waiting for the results and I’m pleased it’s been a success,” he said.

“I’ve been working hard doing strengthening exercises on my own and fingers crossed I’ll be joining in with the rest of the lads in full training on Monday. It’s a massive boost to me. It’s so important I get a full pre-season in.

“If you miss part of pre-season you always find yourself a little bit behind come the start of the season, so it’s a big plus.”

The 31-year-old has been reporting in for rehab with physio Phil Horner and he hopes the hard work will prove worthwhile come the start of the season.

Taylor-Fletcher added: “It’s been a bit of a pain having to come in while all the rest of the lads have had their feet up.

“I’ve been able to go to Center Parcs with the family at weekends but that’s all, while all of my team-mates have been away on holiday.

“Besides being with Phil, I’ve spent a lot of time with a personal trainer to give myself the best chance of recovery. Hopefully it will all be worth it and I’ll be able to start with all the rest of the lads next week.”

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Taylor-Fletcher has seen it all at Bloomfield Road since his arrival from Huddersfield in the summer of 2007.

And he’s hopeful that the coming season will be another one to remember.

“Last season was a massive boost for the likes of Tom Ince and Matty Phillips,” he said.

“They came on in leaps and bounds and I think this could be a big year for them.

“Towards the start of last season they were a little inconsistent, but since Christmas they’ve kicked on and been brilliant.

“If we can keep both of them firing all through the season we can have a great chance. We don’t need that many players really. There’s only really Dobbs (Stephen Dobbie) who we’ve lost from our starting 11.

“It will be interesting to see what players the gaffer adds as we aren’t far off having a really strong side.”

One familiar face who will be missing at Squires Gate on Monday is Brett Ormerod.

The popular striker joined Wrexham this week and Taylor-Fletcher will miss his fellow frontman.

“Brett is going to be a massive loss around the training ground for his football and his character.

“But he needed to go and play games. We all wish him luck.”

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