'Fight for number one spot is good for the team', says Grimsby Town keeper Greg Fleming
KEEPER Greg Fleming says regardless of who gets the Town number one spot this season, his squad 'rival' will always be his biggest supporter.
Rob Scott and Paul Hurst drafted in the 25-year-old to challenge last season's ever present James McKeown for the starting berth in Town's side.
The Scot welcomes that competition between the posts, saying it will serve to keep both of the young stoppers on top of their game.
And, while he is ready to fight for his place in the Mariners starting 11, he said whoever gets the nod will always have the backing of his teammate.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "Everyone enjoys competition and it will keep us both on our toes.
"Macca played every game last season. Hopefully I can come in, push him as much as I can but also be a support to him.
"I'm sure if it's the other way round, he'll support me.
"It can only be good for the team."
As with most keepers, Fleming is no stranger to competing with an already well-established stopper for a starting spot in the first team – at Chesterfield, his last club, he was signed specifically to challenge the Spireites' then first-choice Tommy Lee.
And the father-of-two underlined the importance of a good relationship between the goalkeepers as well as the need to focus on the task at hand – getting Grimsby Town back into the Football League
"It's massively important to have a good relationship between the keepers" he said.
"There's no point ignoring each other and being off with each other just because you're fighting for that one position.
"There's no point falling out over it. Everyone knows that's the case, you need to get on and support each other as much as possible.
"I know it's going to be a good fight to get in the team and I'm looking forward to it.
"If we're pushing each other all the way and the team is winning games it can only be a good thing."
He added: "The aim for me is to get in the team and then after that it is about helping the team to get promotion.
"Obviously there are some big teams in this league.
"But I don't see why we can't be up there come the end of the season."