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'I want to lift the title': Conneely

24 April 2018

Seamus Conneely admits it would be an incredible feeling to lift the Sky Bet League Two trophy should Stanley be confirmed champions against Newport this evening.

Just a single point separates the Reds from the league title, and a positive result at Rodney Parade tonight will ensure that John Coleman's side cannot be caught at the top of the table.

The Stanley skipper insists that nobody in the squad is getting carried away but admitted to having already visualised lifting the trophy.

“When you have a goal I think it is good to picture things,” said Conneely. “It's something I like to do before a game. I like to see myself playing the game, see myself doing things well, and often you find that those things then actually happen.

“The goal this season has been promotion, and we've achieved that, so the next goal is to win the league. It's not a bad thing to see yourself winning things and doing well, so long as you don't get carried away.

“I understand that we still have to take things one game at a time. We still have to earn the points and do all of the things that we've been doing all year to be successful.”

Conneely joined John Coleman and Jimmy Bell at Stanley in 2015, having previously played for them in the Republic of Ireland at Sligo Rovers.

The 29-year-old has now captained the club for almost three seasons and feels that the responsibility has helped him to develop as a player.

“I think I've grown into the role,” said the Irishman. “I know John Coleman doesn't give the armband to someone who's necessarily the most experienced or the loudest person on the pitch, but to somebody he thinks it will help enhance their game.

“He thinks it will make the player wearing it feel a little bit taller when they walk out onto the pitch, and that's certainly how I felt.

“The gaffer has obviously found a way to use the armband to get a little bit extra out of one of his players, and if that helps the team out as a whole then that's an example of the man-management skills that he has.

“I've learnt to enjoy the role as time has progressed. I know what's expected of me as the captain of this club, and to be captain of a successful team makes it just that little bit better.”

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