Great start for smart Alex

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ALEX-RAY Harvey has made a sensational start to his senior career at Fleetwood Town but hopes the highlight of his Highbury career is yet to come.

The midfielder is on loan from Burnley, where he has never played for the first team, and scored Town’s winner on his first ever senior start at Cambridge on Saturday.

Harvey, who turned 21 last month, had made three Town appearances as a second-half substitute before Saturday, when he was awarded his first start as Micky Mellon made wholesale changes for the last Blue Square Bet Premier game of the regular season.

Harvey was delighted to play the full 90 minutes and repaid Mellon by netting the only goal with 13 minutes left.

He said: “I was happy with the 90 minutes but I was made up to top it off with a goal.

“Caz (Peter Cavanagh) found me with a great ball. I just kept running and thought, ‘Why not?’ and I slid it in.

“I like going up to fans when I score and showing how much it means to me. They were great all game and it was great to celebrate in front of them.”

The game went according to plan for Harvey, who added: “I hadn’t played in a while and I did start rustily, but the gaffer said I would ease into the game and get better and better as it went on. I did that and we finished strongly.”

Now Harvey hopes there’s a thrilling final chapter to his Town career.

Initially signed for one-month in mid-March, the loan was extended until the end of the season and the midfielder is eligible for the play-offs.

But regardless of whether he keeps his place for Friday’s semi-final first leg against AFC Wimbledon at Highbury, Harvey will return to Turf Moor feeling the benefits of his time at Town.

“It’s great to get first-team experience and to be involved with a club in the promotion play-offs has definitely helped me in my career.”