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Roddan Eyeing More Productive Saturday

10 January 2014

New Stanley signing Craig Roddan is hoping to get some time on the pitch against Newport tomorrow after his opening weekend as a Red was spent on the motorway.

The Liverpool midfielder signed on loan in time for last Saturday's trip to Portsmouth, only for the game to be called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

“It was a bit of a disaster going all the way to Portsmouth and it being called off but it was good to get to know the lads and build some relationships,” said the 20-year-old. “I already knew Peter Murphy and a few of the other lads so it's been quite easy to settle in.

“It was a bit of a nightmare for the game to be off. It would have been my first game and hopefully I would have played so I was a bit gutted about that.

“I can't wait to play really. I've just had a focus on training and working hard this week. I think we really need a result in this game because we need to start picking up points.”

Roddan had previously trained with the club in September but a loan move fell through and now he's happy to have a second chance having spent time at League One side Carlisle.

“I'm just glad to be here now and hopefully I'll get an opportunity to play for the first team. It's great to get another opportunity and the gaffer's been really good with me. He persevered and now I'm here. I've just got to come in, try to get into the team and do the best that I can.

“Carlisle wasn't the best loan for me to be honest but it was all experience for me so it was good for me in a way.

“I think it's really hard to get into the first team at Liverpool so you've got to take your chances when they come. Coming on loan to Accrington is one of those chances and I have to make the most of it.

“A lot of big players have had loan spells in Leagues One and Two and it hasn't really matter about the level it's been about how they've done.”

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