Murdoch’s first team bid

Stewart Murdoch
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Stewart Murdoch is aiming to give boss Graham Alexander a major headache ahead of Saturday’s big kick-off.

Fleetwood start their League Two season at the weekend with a trip to Dagenham and Redbridge with a new look team after a summer re haul.

And Murdoch, who joined from Scottish side Falkirk, wants to nail down a place in the side.

“Everybody is going to make it difficult for Graham (Alexander) to pick the team that starts on Saturday,” said Murdoch.

“The manager has had a really good chance to look at all of his signings, and all of the players from last year, throughout pre-season.

“And there’s such a good group of boys here which means you’ll see that, for the ones that aren’t selected, they will continue to stay positive.”

Murdoch has impressed during the club’s pre-season games so far, despite it being his first taste of English football.

And the 23-year-old admits he already feels at home.

“Things have gone really well,” he said. “It’s been a tough pre-season, but most pre-seasons are nowadays.

“I’m really enjoying being at a new place, experiencing new things and meeting new people. We’re all looking forward to getting going now.

“We’ve had a really good four weeks of training sessions, and now things are geared towards the game (against Dagenham) at the weekend.

“This week has been based upon getting that match sharpness back, and it’s starting to come. I’m happy with the fitness level I’m at now, and I think my performances will pick up as the games go by.”

Town held an open training day yesterday at Highbury, before the club’s new signings were introduced to supporters with a question and answer session.

Fleetwood are known for giving players the best possible surroundings to play in, including their new pitch.

Something which Murdoch loves. “When the pitch is like this there are no excuses,” he said.

“You’ve got to come and play and that’s the way the manager is trying to get us to play – trying to play attractive attacking football.

“Everybody’s delighted to see the stadium like this. I came down close season when it was all being done, so to see it looking like a bowling green is brilliant.”