Date: 9th September 2014 at 3:39pm
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Head coach Alan Irvine has said that Sebastien Pocognoli is an example to all new signings coming to England for the first time.

The gaffer said our summer left back signing has now adjusted to the country and the club following his arrival, and compared to our latter signings, with him having a pre season under his belt and being able to really take in the benefits of our Sacramento tour in terms of gelling and living with the boys, he feels he’s made fantastic progress in such a short space of time and it can only bode well for the 27 year old moving forward.

Speaking to as Irvine looks set to welcome back our international call ups, Irvine explained.

‘Pocognoli actually probably shows how players can settle in. Some of the things he did when he first came, because of the culture he has come from – they play in a different way. We play more zonal than they do, and coming in, Sebastien needed the pre season at the start as well. He has had a really steep curve in terms of improving.’

Irvine goes on to say in the two league games he has played so far he feels he’s done ‘extremely well’ and he’s been pleased with what he’s seen but also the improvements he’s seen across those two games.

‘He has come a long way in a very short time. He got the benefit of coming to Sacramento whereas so many didn’t. He got the fast track as far as getting to know the lads is concerned. There’s no better way than living with them for ten days.’

With injury interrupting his progress and life with us so far, he did resume training yesterday following the thigh injury he had picked up, so hopefully he can continue kicking on and then with other players still to get their bows, we’ll be a far stronger outfit for it.

We need a decent season on the pitch.

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