NEW Argyle signing Craig Tanner is relishing the opportunity to kick off the 2015-16 season with Argyle, in any capacity that his manager sees fit.
After the 20-year finished the previous campaign on loan at AFC Wimbledon, Tanner has spent the summer break pushing for an opportunity to get more first-team football. After a stand-out performance in the Reading Under-21 side against the Greens last month, he got exactly that, as manager Derek Adams recruited the youngster on a six-month loan deal.
As luck would have it, the forward’s first opportunity to play competitive football this season will be against the Dons and, just like the rest of us, Craig is just excited to get the season underway on Saturday.
“I’m getting the buzz back for Saturdays and Tuesdays,” said Tanner. “It’s what I was missing, so I can’t wait to be back; especially because we’ve got Wimbledon in the first game, my former club.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces, but also getting the three points so I can rub it in a bit!
“They’ve got some really good players and it’ll be a real tough game, but I think we need to focus on us rather than them. I think we’ll get the three points; I’ve got that feeling, and normally my gut’s good!”
Whilst deployed as a striker in his visit to Home Park last season, Craig played on the right wing in the pre-season friendly last month. Faced with some stiff and in-form competition in Argyle’s attacking ranks, Tanner is more than content with taking up any forward position that can be of use to the Pilgrims.
“I’ll play anywhere, if I’m honest,” said Craig. “I can play right wing, left wing, centre midfield, attacking midfield, striker, so luckily enough I can play a few positions.
“I don’t have a favourite position so I’ll just play wherever the gaffer wants. As long as I’m on the pitch and have the ball, I’m happy.”