ARGYLE started the week with another new signing, as manager Ryan Lowe continues to build a squad capable of mounting a serious challenge in Sky Bet League Two this season.
Callum McFadzean, another of the former Bury contingent joining their old boss at Home Park, has already linked up with his Pilgrim team-mates and will be looking forward to his first taste of a match-day as we travel to Torquay United for a pre-season friendly tonight.
As well as being reunited with the gaffer, Callum is around some old Bury mates in the form of Danny Mayor, Will Aimson and Dom Telford, who all moved to Home Park earlier in the summer.
“It’s good to see familiar faces and that will help me get settled quicker than perhaps I normally would,” said Callum.
“The gaffer contacted my agent and, as soon as it came about, I wanted to get it done as soon as possible. Argyle is a great club and I’m buzzing to be here. It’s a big help knowing the gaffer, the players and backroom staff.
“The gaffer’s got ambitions and I’ve got ambitions. I’ve come here to win and it’s a big plus to come to a club like this. We want to get them back to where they belong.”
Last season at Bury was a watershed campaign for Callum, who has overcome some injury problems in the early part of his career and played a major role in the Shakers winning promotion with his performances in variety of positions down the left flank.
It is his relationship with Ryan that has sparked the rejuvenation of a player blessed with obvious talent, as has been recognised by international call-ups at junior level for both England and Scotland.
“I’ve had a few injuries and a few bad decisions personally, but the gaffer believed in me,” he said. “I’d like to think I’ve rewarded him and he gets the best out of me. I know what he expects and I know what I expect to do for him.
“We’ve got a good relationship and this is a good decision in my career. He wants me to express myself and that hopefully brings the best out of me. The gaffer tells me what I can and can’t do, and it's a big plus that he trusts me.
“I am probably more attacking than defending but I’d like to think I can do both. If we need to defend, I can do that but I do see myself as more of an attacking winger.
“Last season I played at left centre-half, wing-back and further up the field, so I am versatile. That’s a big plus coming into a team because I can cover all down the left-hand side.”
Like any new arrival at Home Park, Callum is looking forward to performing in front of the iconic Green Army, although he is probably a little hopeful they have forgotten a goal scored for Burton against Argyle during a loan spell, and a celebration at the wrong end.
“As soon as I walked in here, I was surprised how big the place is and, with the new stand being built, it’s obviously going to be even better,” he said.
“I know the Argyle fans come in their numbers and if we’re up there fighting for promotion, it’s going to be absolutely bouncing here.
“When I was at Burton Albion, I wasn’t familiar with the seating because it was only a couple of games in [to my time there]. I celebrated in front of the Argyle fans and only realised when they weren’t celebrating as well, so I swiftly ran the other way.”
We all look forward to celebrating with you this time Callum, welcome to Argyle.