Kyle Dempsey says he owed it to the Fleetwood Town fans to come back to the club and prove himself.
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The midfielder was out of favour last season and was loaned to Peterborough United.
But the 24-year-old has been one of Town’s best performers this season and the support of the Cod Army fans has played a huge part.
Dempsey said: “Ever since I arrived, the fans have given me great support and made me feel at home. This was a year in which I wanted to pay them back.
“I saw on social media last season the backing that I had from them and the support. It kept me going, to be honest. It kept me thinking, ‘Yeah, I am a good player and I’ve got a point to prove’. This year I wanted to come back and I owe it to them.
“Luckily the gaffer has given me a chance. I’ve taken it and I’m performing to a decent level.
“The balance that we have in midfield is perfect for me. Couttsy (Paul Coutts) gets on the ball and you’ve seen how many passes he makes in a game. It allows me to get on the ball a lot more.
“Jords (Jordan Rossiter) sometimes goes unnoticed but he does an incredible job for the team. That allows me to be a lot more forward-thinking and to be in the final third.
“It means I’m able to confront players, beat players and I’m always a lot closer to the box now. That is a positive thing for me and a key reason why I’m working on finishing each day.
“Now I’m back up there, it’s a chance for me to grab some goals.”
Fleetwood boss Joey Barton has given Dempsey (left) plenty of praise this season, revealing that the player consulted a sports psychologist.
Dempsey added: “Last year took me into a dark place. At times I didn’t even want to go into training.
“With the amount of disappointment I was dealing with, getting taken out of the side, I thought, ‘What is going on here?’ I started doubting my ability.
“My agent passed on the psychologist’s number and said to just have a little chat. I met him. I think my game has rocketed through the roof since. I don’t have any self-doubt anymore. The mindset I’m in is just positive.
“Every time I step on the field, I feel that if I deliver what I know I can, then I’m going to be the best player. That’s the mindset I’ve established this year.
“The psychologist built a positive mindset. Instead of dwelling on little mistakes, it’s about focusing on the positives and not thinking anything negative about any situation.”