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Jamie Proctor looking forward to Macron Stadium debut

25 July 2016

Forward itching to make home debut after doubling his pre-season tally against York City

Jamie Proctor cannot wait to make his Bolton Wanderers home debut against Burnley on Tuesday.

A summer signing from Bradford City, the forward followed up his debut winner against FC Helsingor with a late penalty against York City on Saturday, taking his pre-season tally to two goals from three outings.

And with the start of the Sky Bet League One season now less than two weeks away, Proctor is looking forward to getting his first taste of Macron Stadium against Burnley and former club Preston North End.

“I’ve never actually played at Macron Stadium before so I’m buzzing,” the 24-year-old told bwfc.co.uk. “It’ll be nice to get out on the pitch and get a feel of the stadium and to get a chance to play in front of the fans before the start of the season.

“The next two matches, Burnley and Preston, are games we’re all looking forward to. The fans are looking forward to them as well. 

“They should be two great games and are ideal preparation for us heading into the new season.”

Reflecting on Wanderers’ victory over York, Proctor was also pleased to once again get on the scoresheet and feeling positive ahead of the new campaign.

“It’s always positive to get goals, even in pre-season, whichever way they come,” he said. “It’s good for me on a personal level. Whether it is a penalty or any type of different goal, I’ll always take it. 

“It’s not for me to decide who takes them but strikers always want to score goals. If given the opportunity and someone offers me a penalty, I’m always going to put my hand and be willing to take one.  

“Whatever club you go to, there is competition for places and that is always healthy. That competition spurs the lads on and you can see that already in pre-season as the strikers have got goals. 

“It is something we all want to continue moving forward and heading into the new season.” 

He continued: “There’s a good, positive feel around the place. I’ve settled in really well and all the lads have been great with me. The quality has been there in training and the sessions have been really good. 

“It’s slowly coming together. It was a positive performance against York. We started really well and got the early goal. We put them on the back foot and were really positive in our play. 

“We’re getting positive results and implementing more of the stuff the gaffer is getting across. It takes time but you can start to see that things are coming together out on the pitch. 

“With another couple of weeks you’ll see more of a team that is going to go out and compete well over the course of the season.” 

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