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INTERVIEW: Pressley keen to hit the ground running

Tall striker looking forward to exciting campaign with Reds

4 January 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Pressley keen to hit the ground running

Tall striker looking forward to exciting campaign with Reds

4 January 2023

Aaron Pressley is hoping to add firepower to the Accrington Stanley frontline after he signed on loan from Premier League Brentford for the rest of the season.

The Scottish Under-21 striker goes straight into the frame for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie at National League mid-table side Boreham Wood.

Pressley previously spent time on loan at AFC Wimbledon last season, scoring four goals, before a hamstring injury hampered his spell there.

The 21-year-old, son of former Scottish international Steven Pressley, was Player of the Year for The Bees’ B team in 2020/21 scoring 19 goals in 26 appearances.

Pressley said: “It’s been great training this morning. I came up last night, it was obviously a long journey up from London, but the first day has been really good and I am now looking forward to the FA Cup.

“It’s a great opportunity to come in and hopefully make a difference to the team. The lads are really good and hopefully we can make a big impression.

“I would say I have got a great jump, I can utilise that, and hopefully they can play direct up to me and I can take the team up the pitch. I am fairly quick, I can press well and hopefully I can do my best up there."

Stanley and Brentford played each other in League Two in the 2008/09 season before their rise into the Premier League and Pressley says he has learnt a lot there.

“Brentford is a good club, they are doing great, I love being there and hopefully I can come here and really get some experience and play a lot of games.

“The players I train with at Brentford are such a high quality so I was taking a lot from every session, even watching games, the likes of Ivan Toney is a great example for a player like me.”

Pressley played three games for Brentford when they were in the Championship in 2020/21 before making 27 appearances for Wimbledon last season in League One before a hamstring injury halted his games there from February.

“I enjoyed my spell at Wimbledon, it got cut short because of injuries but, in the first half of the season, the way I developed was really good and that’s key for a big striker, to play League One football to make myself bigger, better and more physical.

“It is exciting to be here. We have the FA Cup third round and then on Tuesday it’s an opportunity to go to Wembley in the Papa Johns Trophy so there is a lot to look forward to."

The full first interview video with Aaron Pressley is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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