Why we think Fleetwood Town are heading for League One promotion

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The new season may only be three weeks old but for some clubs, sights are already firmly set on promotion.

In League One four teams have a maximum haul of 12 points from 12 available.

But there’s one team in particular that we think represents excellent value amongst the early front-runners – Fleetwood Town.

Here’s why we’re backing the Cod Army at 9/2 to make it to the Championship for the first time…

They’ve Retained the Core

Given last season’s impressive third place finish it is perhaps surprising that Fleetwood have managed to retain the core of their squad.

David Ball and Conor McLaughlin have left for pastures new but aside from that the Cod Army remain strong.

Captain and club legend Nathan Pond remains at centre-half while Devante Cole has already shown improvement on last season by netting twice in the weekend win over AFC Wimbledon.

Eye-catching Incomings

Impressive signings have been brought in to compliment the group that went so close last season.

What’s more they’ve hit the ground running.

Conor McAleny, a 24-year-old striker brought in from Everton, typifies that.

The 5ft 10in forward has impressed at this level before with Wigan Athletic and Oxford United and already has two goals to his name this season.

However, the most important piece of business has been the signing of midfielder Kyle Dempsey on a permanent deal from Huddersfield Town.

The 21-year-old was pivotal to Fleetwood’s success last season while on loan from the Terriers.

For the Cod to have signed him on a permanent deal represents an excellent bit of business and tremendous ambition.

The Manager

Uwe Rosler is a man who knows what it takes to manage in this division.

He set the ball rolling with Brentford in 2013 before leaving for Leeds United in the December of that year, with the Bees later gaining promotion under Mark Warburton.

Failing at Leeds is not a blot on any manager’s copybook, although a disappointing spell at Wigan further damaged his previously solid reputation.

At Fleetwood though, Rosler has bounced back.

And with his feet now firmly under the table, a style of football has been set and Town look like a swashbuckling outfit well capable of making the step up to the Championship.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket, speedway and horse racing.