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Dembele Relishing New Challenge

14 July 2017

Paul Burgess
Dembele celebrates after scoring against Grimsby Borough

Grimsby Town forward Siriki Dembele says he’s relishing his new challenge of playing for the Mariners.

The 20-year-old signed a one-year deal with Town last month after previously playing for the Nike Academy, and has scored two goals in three pre-season friendlies, so far, for Slade’s side. He said: “I think I’ve been doing well. I’m just trying to make things happen when I come on, or if I start the game, just try to create opportunities and do the best for the team.

“It’s been really great. It’s been going well, and we’ve had three games so far. It’s not harder than I thought – I expected it to be hard.

“There are some good players here, and they play good football. He (Russell Slade) just wants us to be bright and positive, and create opportunities in games. “Wherever the gaffer puts me on – as long as I’m on the pitch, as a forward player if I’m playing number 10, winger, striker, it’s fine by me as long as I’m on the pitch.”

Dembele bagged the 93rd-minute winner at Stamford AFC on Tuesday evening to secure a 3-2 victory for Town and, speaking to, he explained how he was alert for the goal. “As soon as Tom (Bolarinwa) crossed it, I felt it coming to me so I was onto it and then finished it off,” he said.

And he also admitted he’s excited to pit himself against teams from higher divisions in the coming weeks, as Town host Barnsley (July 15), Blackburn Rovers (July 25), and Wigan Athletic (July 29) in pre-season friendlies.

“Barnsley are a really good team so it will be a good test, and it’s at home as well so that will be really good,” he said.  

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