Date: 13th February 2016 at 6:09pm
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New signing Shola Ameobi has said that the ambition at Fleetwood Town was what attracted him to Highbury.

Having joined the other day and made his starting debut in today’s game against Port Vale, speaking ahead of his bow to the Official Site the former Newcastle United player explained that ambition and where the club wants to go was the main selling point for him when penning his deal.

‘I spoke to the owner Andy Pilley on Wednesday night and he explained to me what he wanted to do here. I was really excited to come down and join. I was intrigued to see what the place was all about, but now that I`ve seen it I`m just excited to be here and will hopefully lend a bit of experience and quality to the squad. The training facilities are magnificent considering where the Club were a few years ago, so to have something like this is great testament to the owner. The ambition was the one thing that really stood out for me. The owner, the manager and the lads are all ambitious and it was something I really wanted to be a part of. At the end of the day it`s about what feels right, and when I got here it really felt right. I got a good vibe from the manager and his staff. I want to give it my all to whoever I play for and it`s important that the relationship is there. It was certainly the case when I came here. I will always try and lend my experiences to the younger players coming through here. The manager feels an experienced head can guide them along. Helping to develop young players is something I take really seriously and have done throughout my career. I aim to do the same here.’

Having spent 14 years at St James’ Park before having a spell at Gaziantep BB in Turkey, before returning to England with Crystal Palace and then Bolton Wanderers, he went on to say.

‘I`m a homegrown lad and was fortunate enough to play most of my career for Newcastle United who are the club I`ve supported from an early age. It`s something I don`t take lightly and I feel really, really proud of it. I`m still a fan of the club and want to see them do well. I keep in touch with some of the guys there as they`re a club close to my heart, but this is a new challenge for me now and one I`m focused on. For me football is football no matter what division you play in. This challenge is no different and it`s one I`m very much relishing. Every league has its difficulties and as a team we`d obviously like to be higher up the table, so hopefully myself and the other lads who have come in can help the lads.’

With over 300 games to his name – mostly from his time at Newcastle, and a solid enough goal return of 79 goals in England, he should definitely add the experience that Steven Pressley is after.

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