Sam Hatton: Spirit is key factor at Grimsby Town
GRIMSBY Town new-boy Sam Hatton believes the growing team spirit at Blundell Park could be the key to a successful season.
The 24-year-old is one of a three new faces at Blundell Park this summer having joined the club along with forward Andy Cook and former Hereford United winger Joe Colbeck.
And, after returning to pre-season last week, Hatton said all three have been made to feel welcome by their new team-mates, adding that he believes that the strength of a team's spirit can make a huge difference to the success of their season.
And he should know – the former AFC Wimbledon man was an integral part of three of the Dons' promotion-winning teams, including that which won promotion from what is now known as the Blue Square Bet Premier, in 2010.
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He believes that for the Mariners to emulate the achievement of his former employer and finally secure promotion back to the Football League, they will need to maintain a strong team spirit and togetherness throughout the season.
Speaking to Telegraph, he said: "I think the key to a successful season is a strong team spirit within the squad.
"If we start well and get a good few wins under our belt, everyone will be buzzing and I think it will lead on to bigger and better things as the season goes on.
"It's early days yet in terms of pre-season, but already everyone is getting on really well and there is a buzz about the place.
"The lads have all been welcoming to me and the other two new lads, and it's a good bunch here.
"We've got a pool table and darts board at the training ground which will make for a good laugh after training, which is always good.
"Pre-season can be huge for creating a good camaraderie between a squad. The hard work brings you together as a group and makes you stronger. It's only two weeks until our first game together and we're all working towards that, we can't wait to get the pre-season game started."