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Can’t Wait To Meet The Fans - Johnson

25 July 2023

Cody Johnson is set to take part in the club's open training session on Thursday alongside his teammates and will then on Saturday potentially feature at the Crown Oil Arena in the game against Bradford City. The midfielder has said that he can't wait to meet the fans.

Johnson signed for Dale on loan in June and has said that the settling-in process has been smooth.

"I’ve settled in quite quickly to be fair. The boys have been welcoming, it’s been a good few weeks," said the midfielder.

"It's been a bit different in terms of playstyles and formations, but I think everyone’s getting their head around it now and what we’re building is looking good."

Johnson is one of three central-midfield summer additions for Jimmy McNulty's side, joining Harvey Gilmour and Adam Clayton.

"It’s good, they’re different players. Clayts [Adam Clayton] is a bit more experienced and Harvey is experienced in this league, both are really good to play with."

Dale's pre-season fixture schedule comes to an end on Saturday as they face Bradford City following our previous five games.

That schedule kicked-off with a game behind closed doors against an unnamed Premier League side, followed by a 2-0 win against Radcliffe FC. Dale then travelled to Chorley, before facing Tranmere Rovers behind closed doors. Walsall were Dale's last opponents on Friday evening.

Johnson has said that he's enjoyed the pre-season campaign and is looking forward to finishing it off against Bradford on Saturday.

"They’ve all been good games, tough challenges too. We’ve played a couple of League Two sides now and had decent results against them [Tranmere Rovers and Walsall].

"We’ve been playing our stuff against them, so if we can take that and do it in the league this year we should be fine.

"The feeling going into Saturday are the same as what they were going into the Tranmere and Walsall games. We just need to stick to what we've been doing and need to not change what we've been doing to play against them [Bradford City].

"If we can do it against other League Two teams then why can't we do it against them [Bradford City].

"I'm feeling good going into it."

A week on Saturday Dale will welcome Ebbsfleet United on the opening day of the Vanarama National League season.

"I'm excited now, it's been dragging a little bit ahead of the big day. But, it's getting closer now. The boys are excited as well, we just can't wait to get going now," Johnson commented.

Before Dale's final pre-season game this weekend, the club are hosting an open training session. Fans will get to watch Jimmy McNulty's side train, and then after will get the opportunity to meet the players.

"It’s about time, I can’t wait to meet the fans and for them to see what the lads have got.

"The fans will get to see how we play and what we’re planning to do this season on Thursday. And then on Saturday, they’ll get to see it in action."


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