New Stevenage striker Jamille Matt hungry for derby goals against Luton Town
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New Stevenage signing Jamille Matt is looking to get the fans onside immediately – by netting a goal or two in this afternoon’s much-anticipated local derby between Boro and Luton Town at The Lamex.
The forward joined the club on a two-month loan deal from League One side Fleetwood Town this week after new Cod Army boss Steven Pressley took over – and is looking to repay the faith of Teddy Sheringham today.
The striker, who Fleetwood signed from Kidderminster Harriers in 2013 for a six figure-fee believed to be around £150,000 – surpassing the record fee they paid for Jamie Vardy – is looking forward to starting a new chapter in his career.
An excited Matt told the Comet: “There’s a great set of lads here, and the spirit is fantastic. Everyone has been really good to me.
“It’s great to be working for someone of the quality of the boss, who’s put his faith in me, and I hope I can repay him and the fans with a goal against their local rivals if selected.
“I want to start as many games as possible and score as many goals as possible. That’s my job title.”
Matt, 26, has been played out of position at Fleetwood after previous manager Graham Alexander was replaced by Pressley last month.
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He said: “I was played a little bit out of position.
“I made a few appearances under Steven Pressley but I haven’t played as much as I would like to.
“The reason I have come to Stevenage is to have a better chance of playing regularly.”
The forward who has netted 13 league goals from 53 games for the Cod Army despite missing the entire 2014/15 season with an ankle injury already knows some of the Boro squad having played with experienced midfielder Steven Schumacher at Fleetwood.
He explained: “I know Steven from his time at Fleetwood. He has helped me settle in as have all the lads.
“I think the more comfortable you feel the better you play – and the boys have made me feel really comfortable.”
Boro manager Teddy Sheringham hopes new loan signing Matt can rebuild his career at The Lamex which stagnated after such a bright start.
Sheringham, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s derby with Luton Town, said: “We’ve been looking to improve our squad over the last five or six weeks.
“Many people were interested in him two or three years ago.
“His career has stagnated at Fleetwood and we want to rekindle it. He looks a good acquisition. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“I like working with players that have a lot of potential and want to work.”