Jamie Vardy can be a hit, says former team-mate

Gareth Seddon hugs Jamie Vardy during their time together at Fleetwood.
Gareth Seddon hugs Jamie Vardy during their time together at Fleetwood.

Jamie Vardy’s former Fleetwood Town team-mate Gareth Seddon believes the striker will be a success in the Championship.

Seddon joined the Shaymen this summer from the Conference winners, where he played alongside Vardy following his early season move from the Shay.

And Seddon, who himself has an impressive record in non-league football, believes Vardy, 25, has got what it takes to make at Leicester City following his £1million move this summer.

“I think Vardy is an exceptional player,” said Seddon.

“He has unbelievable pace and an excellent touch to go with it. He’s probably one of the best finishers I’ve ever played with.”

Vardy, who scored his first Foxes goal in their pre-season game at Hinckley this week, hit 31 goals in 36 games for Trawlermen last term as he and Seddon helped them into the football league for the first time.

“Whether it was a purple patch I’m not sure - but I’ve never known anyone go through a purple patch that long so he’s obviously got quality there,” Seddon said.

“He’s also a good friend of mine so I wish him all the best. From where he’s come from to where he’s going to be playing this season is something dreams are made of and I think he’ll do really well from him and his family and I wish him all the best.”

Seddon will hope to lead the line regularly for the Shaymen this year after choosing to sign for them ahead of other offers.

“It was a difficult summer because I had a lot of offers and there was a lot of money being thrown around, but once I spoke to the gaffer and the chairman about the ambition of the club there wasn’t another club I wanted to join,” he said.

“I want to be at a club where I’m going to be playing, scoring and winning things. I don’t want to be struggling in a side where I’m scoring ten goals to keep them up. I want to be scoring 30 goals and getting a team promoted.

“In the end it was quite an easy decision.”

Seddon played in an unfamiliar role at Farsley just behind the strikers, but scored his second goal of pre-season after he was moved up front in the second half.

“Dan Gardner was injured on Saturday so it was something the gaffer wanted to look at. We’ve got other players who can do that position but it was difficult to find space, it was pretty tight and they had two midfielders sitting on me.

“But i did find gaps and maybe we could have been three or four nil up at half time and it would’ve have been a different game.”

Goals are what Neil Aspin signed Seddon for, but he isn’t setting himself any targets.

“Last time I did that I got injured, so now I just try and get as many as I can,” he said.

“As a striker you want to try and score every game but to be honest as long as I’m playing and we’re winning, I’ll be happy.”