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Bell: I feel right at home

Amari'i says he's settled in quickly and can't wait to make his debut

26 January 2018

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Amari'i Bell says he's adapting quickly to life at Rovers, and knows he may have to wait patiently for an opportunity in the side.

The highly-rated defender signed from Fleetwood earlier this month and could make his debut against Northampton this weekend. 

Ahead of the game, we caught up with the 23-year-old to find out how he's settling in at the club.

“It’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the lads and all the staff, so I can’t wait to get out there on the pitch now," he said.

“When I first came here, I was wondering how I’d get on with the boys but they’ve all been really nice and welcoming. It’s been very easy to settle in and I feel at home.

“The first session, we had a training match and I wasn’t ready for that but once I got out there I felt fine. I feel very comfortable here."

Bell admits it was strange to see Rovers take on his former club just 24 hours after completing his move across Lancashire, but says he didn't get too involved in the team talk!

“I wished the Rovers boys good luck and it felt a bit weird watching it at the start, but I’m here now and want the club to get as many points as we can," he added.

“The boys just got on with it. The manager and staff knew all about Fleetwood’s strengths and weaknesses anyway so I didn’t really have to say much!

“The boys have done very well. For me to get into this team, I’ll have to take my opportunity with both hands when it comes.

“In all fairness to Derrick, he’s done very well this season and he’s played a lot of games so it’s tough competition but I’m ready for my opportunity when it comes. 

“It can be tough to sit back and watch but as long as we win games and get the points, I’m happy to be available for when a chance comes along.

“I know that when I do get my chance, I have to hit the ground running. There’s no time to take it easy, I need to be on the ball.

"Ultimately, we want to get promoted – that’s the goal. 

“This is a big club and we shouldn’t be in this league. I’m ready to go to the next level and so is the club – hopefully we can do that together.”

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