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Sam Ricketts On New Additions

2 September 2019


Sam Ricketts On New Additions

2 September 2019

The transfer window has shut and Town have bolstered their forward line with two new faces.

In come strikers Callum Lang on loan from Wigan Athletic and Jason Cummings from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Town have been tracking both players for a while and had to beat off stiff competition from several other clubs to bring in the players.

Manager Sam Ricketts spoke to the press this afternoon to talk about his new additions.

"It think it's the threat of the window closing, not for us as we've been chasing the players for a while, but a lot of parent clubs wait right until the end", said Sam.

"They wait till the end before deciding to let players out and luckily we've got the go-ahead to sign the two players."

Callum Lang is a young Liverpool born forward who has progressed through the ranks at Wigan. He has experience of first-team football with loan spells with Morecambe, and then last year with Oldham Athletic.

"Callum is a player that I have been aware of for well over a year now", said Sam.

"He's a young player at Wigan who went on loan to Morecambe did really well there and scored 10 goals in struggling side, he went to Oldham last year and again scored goals.

"He is a forward who works tiredly for the team, he drives with the ball but also has a knack of scoring goals.

"He also scores goals in big games, he scored against Fulham in the FA Cup for Oldham last year.

"He is a young player who is exciting, hungry, he's done really well in pre-season, is very fit but hasn't had the game time recently and that's why we've been able to get him on loan."

24-year-old Jason Cummings started his career with Hibernian and has full international caps for Scotland. Whilst at Forest he has loan spells with Rangers, Peterborough and ended last season winning promotion with Luton Town.

"Jason first came to our attention back in January when we were looking to strengthen but he decided to go to Luton Town", said Sam.

"He ended up getting a promotion with Luton but went back to Nottingham Forest.

"We've continued to track him and when the decision came for him to be allowed to go he was very quick to say he wanted to come here."

With both Callum and Jason now on board, it gives Town a number of exciting options upfront. It's now about the hard work of getting them integrated into the team ahead of the Sky Bet League One trip to AFC Wimbledon.

"It now adds competition for places with two forwards who are hungry", said Sam.

"Both of them can score goals and ultimately it puts pressure on everyone that to be in the team you have to be doing well.

"We've been back for two months and we need to get them up to speed physically, Callum is more advanced than Jason.

"Callum has played minutes whereas Jason hasn't over pre-season so we need to get them up to speed.

"We also need to integrate them into the way we play and also try to understand their strengths and how they like to play."


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