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INTERVIEW: Coley pleased with four January additions

'Ultimately you want players who want to play for us.'

3 February 2022

John Coleman said he was pleased with his four Transfer Window additions – and hopes they now give Accrington Stanley a strong end to the season.

Attacking midfielder Rosaire Longelo and defender Jay Rich-Baghuelou have already made their Stanley debuts and Coleman added Marcel Lewis, on loan from Belgium side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, and striker Korede Adedoyin on a permanent deal on the final day on Monday.

“Deadline day was interesting,” said the Reds boss.

“The whole month has been a pain, getting led down the garden path by clubs and players which is difficult when the job is hard enough as it is.

“Ultimately you want players who want to play for us and we have got enough of them now so hopefully we will have a good end to the season.

“Marcel Lewis was one of the most sought-after lads in the Under 23s league last year at Chelsea, he did really well and poses an attacking threat.

“He has been unfortunate as the team he has gone to in Belgium are top of the league in the top flight so he has found it difficult to get into the team. Hopefully we can kick start his career.

“Cody had been ongoing for over a week. I was pleased to get him over the line and he trained with us on Tuesday and you can see how eager he is to do well.

“That’s the type of players we need here, people who think they have a point to prove.

“We needed reinforcements for injury and suspensions and it’s competition. We have a wealth of midfielders now who are all fighting to get in the team and anyone of them could play on the day and that’s what you want.

“We didn’t have any offers for any of our players which really surprised as we certainly have three or four who could grace the Championship in my opinion.”

Striker Dion Charles and loan goalkeeper James Trafford both joined Bolton while loan players Sam Sherring and Jovan Malcolm both left the Reds.

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