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‘Top signing’ – AFC Fylde quickly replace Danny Rowe by signing Rotherham striker

AFC Fylde quickly replace Danny Rowe by signing Rotherham striker Jamie Proctor, and it’s gone down well with their supporters.

The forward spent the first half of this season at Scunthorpe, and previous to that, made appearances for Rotherham, Carlisle, Bolton, Bradford, Fleetwood, Crawley, Shrewsbury, Stockport and Preston.

AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley has hailed the signing of new forward Jamie Proctor, and knows that the new arrival has a big part to play.

Bentley said on Fylde signing the Rotherham striker: “It’s a big signing for us/ It’s important that we have the top end right – we need players in the positions to effect the top end and score the goals.”

“He’s played at Championship level as well as League One and League Two in successful sides.

“He’s an outstanding professional and a good character, and he’s a very determined individual.”

“The big thing for me is that he’s keen to come here and play. He’s impressed with what we’ve got here and he lives only 15 minutes away from the ground.”

“We’ve had to move quickly to make sure we got the right replacement in and Jamie is very good player.

“He’s got a great background and he’s still got fantastic potential,” continued Bentley.

“He’s at a good age where he’s got his best years ahead of him and he’s desperate to get back to where he was.”

“I’ve got a history within my managerial career of re-launching careers of players who might’ve lost their way for whatever reason such as lack of form or injury.

“There’s evidence there to suggest we do a good job with players like that and ultimately they go back up the levels.”

With the initial deal running until the end of the season, Proctor’s loan spell will see him return to Rotherham United – but Bentley is keeping an eye on the short-term for now.

“Who knows where it could lead,” he said. “Jamie Proctor could potentially be one of, if the not, the, best striker in the league and maybe moving forward this could be a signing that is good for both parties”

“I’m sure that he’ll be a success for us and we’re looking forward to working with him.”

 

Proctor said: “Over the past two years I’ve had a few personal problems and off-field injuries which have hampered my progress.

“I’ve been on loan at Scunthorpe as I’ve wanted to get out and play games, but that didn’t happen, which is no fault of anyone’s just circumstance and bad fortune.

“Obviously I couldn’t play for another League club, so when I expressed the desire to join another club, this was top of my list. I’ve had a lot of moves in football, but this is one I’m genuinely really excited about.

“I’ve always kept my base in Preston and it’s good for me to get back home – if you’re happy off the pitch and spending time with your loved ones, then it transfers onto the pitch.

“The manager has expressed how he wants everyone to be in good spirits, and it shows how he is with the lads, which is something I’m really looking forward to.

“You’ll get 100 per cent from me every week. I like to get the ball down and play, but I can do the ugly stuff too. It’s about contributing to the team, and giving your all every week.

“I’m here to play games and get back to where I know I can be, and I think if that happens then it will only benefit the whole team – and that’s something I’m so excited about.”

 

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