GREGG Wylde has scored in the opening game of his two seasons with Argyle and is targeting to do it again for the third time.
On the first game of last season, Wylde scored his, and the Pilgrims’, first goal of the season against Peterborough United where Argyle were defeated 2-1. However, as the weeks went on, Gregg started to drift out of the team only making nine appearances in six months before going out on loan to Morecambe for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign.
“To get in the team, first game of the season against Walsall, I’m fighting to get on that pitch,” said Gregg. “It’s up to me; it’s all to do with me. I need to work hard I need to stay focused and do what the managers told me to. He’s given me a chance to go out on loan and get games in, getting back now we need to work hard to get games in.”
Now that Wylde is back, he is ready to compete for his place in the starting 11. He feels he is ready for competition to get his name on the team sheet for the Greens.
Manager Derek Adams has been looking to bring more strength and increase the squad depth this season with the arrival of 10 players, especially in the attacking part of the field which means Gregg will have a lot of competition. But Wylde has said he isn’t affected by the new attacking signings and says it is down to him to work hard.
“That’s what football is – competition - at the end of the day and I’m ready to fight for my place. That’s what I need to do and every player needs to fight for a place,” said Wylde. “Looking at the World Cup players, they need to fight for that and that’s the same here, we need to stick together and work hard as a team but still need to fight for our places on the pitch.”
Gregg has also mentioned that he is happy with the signings that Adams has made this summer, in particular Joe Riley and Peter Grant, with whom Wylde is familiar from different clubs he has played for. Wylde has said he is especially looking forward to one certain thing when they travel on their pre-season tour.
“The boys who have come in have gelled really well actually; I know a few of them. Peter from back home and Joe from when I was at Bolton last,” said Gregg. “They’re a great bunch of lads, they’ve mixed in really well, and I’m just looking forward to them singing in Holland!”