Fleetwood’s Uzbek link-up

Date published: Tuesday 28th April 2015 10:12

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The link-up will the clubs exchange ideas and knowledge, and could see players from the Central Asian republic training with the Lancashire club.

Chief executive Steve Curwood told Sky Sports News HQ: “The relationship will be great in so many ways. Commercially it will, we’re going to strengthen our business community links, there is possible collaboration with players and ideas, and – it’s quite exciting, it’s good fun!

Tashkent, who were only formed in 2002, finished last season as runners-up in the Uzbek Premier League and won the domestic cup.

Tashkent’s head of marketing, Davron Azizov said: “We have so much to learn from Fleetwood, and we have many things to show in Uzbekistan, especially how the youth academy grows.”

The partnership will enable Fleetwood to send young players to Uzbekistan to play friendly fixtures as the clubs develop an international academy.

Fleetwood’s Technical Director Gretar Steinsson said: “Every club looks at different areas – the Premier League to America and Asia, hopefully India will open now. We want to do things differently, see how far we can go. We need opportunities and we were offered an opportunity. Now we have to see how far it takes us.”

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