Team spirit at Stevenage could be worth eight points

Steve Schumacher

Steve Schumacher - Credit: Archant

New signing praises togetherness of the squad at Boro

Steven Schumacher believes the team spirit at Stevenage could be worth at least two wins in the Sky Bet League Two.

The midfielder was one of three new signings this summer after leaving Fleetwood Town to join Teddy Sheringham’s Boro.

While the 31-year-old has only been with his team-mates for a week, he can feel a positive atmosphere at the club.

“It’s really good,” said Schumacher when asked about the togetherness of the squad. “I’ve been at numerous clubs and this is probably right up there at the moment in terms of team spirit.

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“Everyone is on a level. Everyone knows the situation and we’re all on similar contracts so there are no big hitters who think they’re better than young kids. That’s what the gaffer and chairman like.

“It’s massively important to have a good team spirit and do things away from the pitch. I believe it’s worth seven or eight points this season and I think all the lads will buy into that.

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“It’s a long eason and everyone goes through spells where you’re not playing well. If you can have a go and they don’t get the hump and know you’re trying to encourage them, it’ll get you a few more points.”

Along with defender Mark Hughes and striker Brett Williams, Schumacher has been enlisted to provide Boro with an experienced spine throughout the team.

He’s hoping he can use his knowledge to get the most out of the club’s younger players and improve their performances this season.

“I bring leadership and experience to the side; I’ve been playing in League One and League Two my entire career,” explained Schumacher, who added that he would be willing to don the captain’s armband if Sheringham sees fit.

“I know what this division is about and what it takes to get promoted. If I can encourage [the young players] to improve on the training pitch and make them better players it will make Stevenage a better team.”

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