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Sean talks Shrimps and League One hopes

26 July 2019

Sean McConville is looking forward to testing himself against a few of his friends tomorrow - and then is ready to battle at the top of the Sky Bet League One table.

The Reds face Sky Bet League Two side Morecambe at the County Ground, Leyland, tomorrow in their final pre-season friendly ahead of the big kick-off at Lincoln City a week on Saturday.

Jim Bentley's squad include ex-Reds Adam Buxton and John O'Sullivan.

“Bucko is one of my best mates and John O'Sullivan is there too, they have a number of ex-Accrington players and Scousers - we see them every day getting their lifts from the same place as us!

“I am looking forward to it, Morecambe is always a competitive game, they are competitive in League Two and they always punch above their weight.

“They have the lowest budget in the league and Jim (Bentley) and Kenny (McKenna) year in year out, they turn out a squad which is capable of competing.

“They are swimming against tide as to what they can pay players, similar to us, but they have got a team spirit and togetherness to get them where they want to be.”

After being with the Reds from 2009-2011, winger McConville, at 30, is now part of the furniture at the Wham Stadium after re-signing in 2015.

And he has high hopes he can take Stanley into the Sky Bet Championship.

“It's scary how far this club has come and there is a lot of people who have helped the club on the journey.

“You think of the club when they were in the UniBond to the Conference, it's been a rollercoaster and credit to everyone involved and moreso the fans, they must be on cloud nine with Accrington competing with Sunderland, Portsmouth, Ipswich, it's barmy really.

“It's testament to the club and the management team and they are not going to sit on their laurels, they will be desperate for another promotion.

“They won't settle for just staying up in League One, they are going to be gunning for promotion year after year."

Sean admitted his departure in 2011 to Stockport County, after Stanley lost in the Play-Offs, with hindsight wasn't the right move.

“I left under a cloud the last time, a long time ago as a young player, I made a wrong decision.

“But since I have come back in 2015, I have just tried to change people's opinion and tried to right a wrong of my own mistake. I tried to work as hard as I could to deliver goals and assists and generally been as good enough player as I can be.

“I am glad how it's turned out but it's certainly not the end, I want to kick this club on even more and who is to say we can't get another promotion? Burton went into the Championship and one day in the next few years, I would love to take Accrington to the Championship.”

Tomorrow afternoon's pre-season friendly with Morecambe will kick-off at 3pm, and ticket prices can be found here.


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