Lincoln City midfielder Tom Pett has told the Stacey West that he’s loving life under new manager Michael Appleton.
The 27-year-old has missed the opening exchanges of the season with an injury, returning recently as they played Peterborough at London Road. Having come up through the non-league scene with Potters Bar and Wealdstone, Pett reflects the journey the Imps have been on in the past few seasons.
He last started a game for the club under current Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley, but has had to sit by and watch the changes occur without being a functional part of the playing squad. That’s now changed and he’s training under new boss Michael Appleton, which he revealed is ‘exciting’ due to the differences in training methods.
“Working under the new gaffer, there isn’t a lot of difference in styles from the beginning of the season. We still want to pass the ball and create chances and the players aren’t going to go away from that. The gaffer is always on the grass, he’s really involved and all the sessions were doing now are new which is important.
“It’s exciting going into training because they’re sessions and ideas we’ve not seen before. I’ve only been out there for three weeks so I haven’t seen the full extent of the upheaval, but it’s an exciting period now. We’ve got to move on as a club, players and staff and hopefully, we can be a success this season.”
Pett played a loose pass in the build-up to Peterborough’s opening goal but had an otherwise strong first game back. He also featured as the Imps drew 4-4 in a reserve game with Sheffield United and will be hoping for at least a place on the bench tonight as they take on Portsmouth.
It’s all change at Lincoln and whilst there will only be good vibes coming out of interviews like this, the real impact of the recent changes is hinted at.
Of course, there will be change. The Imps do still seem to want to pass the ball around, but anyone thinking it is business as usual is mistaken.
Tew drills, new staff and yet hopefully for Imps fans, the same direction they’ve been travelling in for the last three years.