Date: 11th July 2015 at 7:32pm
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Following his arrival from Brentford over the summer, Manny Oyeleke has said the trip to Scotland has really helped him to settle in with his new colleagues.

Having now appeared in our colours twice, playing 30 minutes against East Fife before building on that with an hour from the beginning against Arbroath, he explained that not only was it nice to be getting game time under his belt now, but it was nice to be away with the players in that situation because it really allows people to bond and get to know each other.

Speaking to the Official Site he said a training camp scenario like this always brings added benefits for new players in the group and of course in a game scenario, you have to adjust quickly and form partnerships.

‘That`s the best way to get to know your teammates – to get to know how they play and operate, and just get on the pitch against 11 men and see how you cope with it. I think I`ve done alright so far and the team have helped me out with it – I was in the midfield with Matt Oakley today, and he`s got a wealth of experience and talked me through the game and was helping me wherever he could. I feel like I`ve integrated well so far and I hope that can continue. It`s surprising how welcoming the boys here are – literally everybody is cool. Some people have taken time to get to know me and ask me questions.’

He went on to say that given the welcome he got, even taking time out to ‘chill’ with the players and mess around gaming with FIFA helps an integration and gets people used to characters and the types of humour we have in the dressing room.

Having mentioned FIFA though, he joked.

‘I have been taking time to chill with the lads, show them my FIFA skills – I think they know that I`m the FIFA king! I`ve got the belt, so it has been good to stamp my authority on that!’

With the Arbroath friendly ending in defeat, he went on to say that whilst it was disappointing, nobody puts too much stock in results at this stage because results count for nothing until that first League game of the season kicks off.

‘It was unfortunate about the result, but in pre-season and in the first two games especially I guess it isn`t realty about the result. It`s just about getting minutes on the pitch – luckily no-one has been injured and everyone is feeling all right. So everyone is buzzing for the future.’

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