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Focus on new season: Matty

2 July 2016

Matty Pearson admits he is only looking forward now as Accrington Stanley prepare for the 2016/17 season.

Pearson, 22, was heartbroken last year when Stanley missed out on going up on the final day of the campaign on goal difference and then lost the play-off semi-finals to eventually promoted AFC Wimbledon.

It has been all-change at Stanley with a number of last season's squad moving elsewhere and, so far, six new signings at the Wham Stadium.

But he says he and the likes of Seamus Conneely, Billy Kee, Sean McConville, Scott Brown and Mark Hughes are determined to use last year's hurt in a positive way.

“It has been time to reflect, pre-season has come around quickly and, while we have to learn from last season, we have to put it behind us and move on,” said the defender.

“It did take a few weeks to get over. I relived the Stevenage game and thought about the games during the season where we dropped points which would have made a difference. We just needed one goal against Stevenage on the final day and it was frustrating but we have to look forward now.”

Stanley have signed goalkeepers Aaron Chapman and Elliot Parish along with Omar Beckles, Bastien Hery, Frazer Shaw and loan player Callam Jones.

“There are quite a few new lads here and so far they have looked sharp. It's weird to think that was me last season as I do feel like I have been here forever!

“But the new players look like they have a lot to offer. Quite a few players have left but that's what happens lower down the leagues.

“We had a good bunch of lads last year and I am sure it will be the same this year and now we are moving onto new things.

“I feel like I have a point to prove after last season  - and I am sure the likes of Seamus, Billy and those who were here last season feel the same and we can go one better.”

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