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9 December 2016

Ahead of tomorrow's game at home to Blackpool, Harry McKirdy spoke to us about his time at the club since signing on loan from Aston Villa in the summer.

McKirdy, along with fellow Villa loanee Henry Cowans, has become a key member of the squad and he says he couldn't be happier with how things have gone.

“It has been a good experience and way different to the football I am used to. I just love being a part of it. It just feels so different because it means so much to everyone - us as players, the staff, the town and the fans. It is amazing to be part of and winning three points is an unbelievable feeling.

“They are a great group of lads. I was a bit shy at first and it took a while for me to come out of my shell but they welcomed me in and it has been a lot of fun getting to know them. We have spent a lot of time on the coach recently too which has also helped!

“I have got to say the manager has been great for me. I have never played any minutes in a first team before so it took a leap of faith from him to start playing me. Having his trust is really important and something I am grateful for.

“I think I have played more minutes in the last few days than I did all of last season. It is tough on the body and I am still adapting because you definitely feel it more the next day.”

McKirdy's energetic performances have in part helped the club climb up the Sky Bet League Two table recently but he says there is still an annoyance about the points that have been dropped at home.

“It is just a bit frustrating where we are in the table because if you go win 5 away from home in a row, you should be higher really. Don’t get me wrong, we are happy to be where we are after the start we had but if we could just sort our home form out, starting tomorrow, we will be right up there.

“It has mainly been our mistakes that have cost us goals and points at home too. I can’t remember a team coming here and totally outplaying us or anything like that. We have been playing well overall and have a lot of wins recently though so it is going well."

It is clear what McKirdy's standout moment for the club is so far. His solo goal at Mansfield announced himself to the wider footballing public but he is desperate to add to his tally.

“It feels like a while ago now! I am on a bit of a drought and to be fair I haven’t had a lot of chances recently, they all seemed to come on Tuesday night but the keeper did well, I hit the post and it just wouldn’t go in. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter as we won the game but I would definitely like to find the net again soon."

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