Andy Cook loving life at Grimsby Town
ANDY Cook has revealed that life at Grimsby Town has rekindled his enjoyment of the game.
The 22-year-old said that since moving to Blundell Park from Barrow at the start of the season, he is enjoying his football more than any other time in his career.
Despite what he admits was a difficult season off the field last year, on it, the young frontman enjoyed one of his best in goalscoring terms at least, scoring a total of 17 goals.
But while he may have only found the net on two occasions so far in Grimsby Town's colours, Cook says he is loving life with the Mariners – adding that he knows he can recapture his goalscoring form of last season.
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Speaking ahead of this afternoon's match with Woking (3pm), he said: "I'm enjoying every single day at Town.
"Obviously, I haven't got the goals that I'd have wanted yet but on the whole, things are going well.
"This is the first time that I've enjoyed my football for a long, long time to be fair.
"Last season, I had some off-the-field matters that didn't help me and I wasn't really enjoying things.
"But being with Town has given me back my enjoyment of the game," he added.
After his move from Holker Street, Cook started the majority of the Mariners' early-season games before bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst took him out of the limelight, saying that the striker was struggling for confidence.
And Cook says that while he was disappointed not to be playing, he believes that will prove to be an astute move by the joint managers.
He added that his winning goal against Tamworth has given him a huge confidence boost, as he looks to win back his starting place in the Town side.
He said: "I was obviously
disappointed in not being involved in some of the games, because I always want to play, but I can see how, in the long run, it will definitely help me.
"Coming back and getting the goal at Tamworth has given me a real confidence boost – it's made me feel a lot better about things.
"I've been working really hard in training and doing a lot of extra work after the sessions and I feel a lot more confident about my game.
"The managers have just told me to keep doing what I'm doing.
They obviously want to see me get to how I was last year.
"Obviously, goals-wise I haven't scored as many yet, but it can happen like that for strikers and once I get a couple, I'm confident that I'll get back among the goals again.
" The last season at Barrow gives me the belief that I can go on and do it again.
"If I get near to the 17 goals mark again this season, it would be great.
" I just want to get as many goals as I can to help the team go up this season."
He continued: "Today against Woking is a massive game for us.
"Hopefully, I can play a part and get among the goals.
"But the main thing is that we bounce back from the result in midweek and get back to winning ways."