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Melle Hoping To Make An Impression

7 July 2017

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Academy graduate Melle Meulensteen is hoping to make an impression on new manager Alex Neil.

The 18-year-old got off to a good start in his first run out for the first team, scoring in the 7-0 win over Bamber Bridge on Friday night, with the PNE boss watching on from the stands.

On his performance at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Meulensteen said: "I'm feeling good, obviously it's a good experience to play tonight. I've had a good few days training, getting used to the lads, seeing how they play and it's let them see how I play and it's been a good game today and it's good to get a goal.

"It's always a good feeling no matter what team you're in, to score is always good and thankfully I have done that today and hopefully I can make an impression with it.

On the gaffer, he continued: "You have got to make good first impressions because he doesn't know many of the players so hopefully I have done that tonight and once he takes training in Ireland we will see how it goes from there.

The match was the first of PNE's pre-season fixtures as the players stepped up their preparations ahead of the new campaign, and Melle has been impressed with the work put in by the squad so far.

"It's about trying to get the minutes under your belt and hopefully get the match fitness in and then once the season starts hopefully we are all raring to go and we can have a good start.

"We all came back quite fit and once we did the running as a team we were all to a good standard and that's obviously shown tonight."

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