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Home comforts for Joe this weekend

Nuttall heads home this Saturday as part of the visiting team.

16 November 2017

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Whilst a trip to Bury is a fairly local trip for most of Rovers' 3,000+ visiting support this weekend, it's an even shorter journey for visiting striker Joe Nuttall.

Gigg Lane is home to the Shakers and is on Nuttall's doorstep.

Born in Bury, the 20-year-old has four goals from five first team games for Rovers since signing in the summer and is keen on earning a starting berth against his hometown team in front of his friends and family.

"It would be great to start against anyone in the league, but with Bury being my hometown team it would be even nicer to start against them," the forward said.

"Bury will be a good test for us. On our day we can beat anybody, but they are a decent footballing side. We have to believe in ourselves and be confident that we can win the game.

"The fans have been great and have supported me from the start both home and away. Hopefully I can repay that faith with good performances on the pitch and goals - that's what they want."

It's been a whirlwind last few months for the youngster, who initially joined on trial, then scored goals for fun in the Under-23s, meaning Rovers boss Tony Mowbray simply couldn't ignore the former Manchester City Academy man.

And Nuttall's loved his time in East Lancashire so far, believing the best is still yet to come.

"My time at the club has gone very well so far," he added. "There's still room for improvement, but I'm excited to see how I develop in the future, too.

"It's a great squad here and in the Under-23s everybody is waiting and ready to make that next step into the first team.

"It's just a matter of time before more players from the Under-23s squad come through and you have to credit the coaches for that.

"It's a big adjustment going from Manchester City to playing in Scotland and then coming here. My experience here has been better than anywhere else.

"They've made me feel at home, settle in and show confidence in what I can do. I have so much desire to prove people wrong and show people what I can do.

"I think we can achieve anything we want. We have everything here from the manager to the staff and the players.

"It's still early in the season, there's a long way to go and we're already in a good position."

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