FALMOUTH Town’s new signing Martyn Duff is relishing the chance to challenge for the South West Peninsula League (SWPL) title this season.

Town finished third in the league and won the Walter C Parson Cup last year as the club surpassed expectations on all fronts.

Midfielder Duff, 21, joined the club last week from fellow SWPL club Sticker.

“I spoke to Westy [Westgarth] and got a really good idea of the ambition,” said Duff. “Obviously it’s quite a young squad and we’re looking to build to the future and then push for the league ideally which is basically what appealed to me. I want to win games and I want to improve as a player and push on.”

Duff was in attendance at Wadebridge’s Bodieve Park on May 12 when Town beat Tavistock in the Walter C Parson Cup final, and like many of the 400-plus crowd that day, he liked what he saw.

“I watched them a few times last year," he said. "Bodmin at home [when Falmouth won 4-1], I watched the cup final against Tavy [Tavistock] and was really impressed both times. 

"We played them at our place back at Sticker last year and they played us off the park for the large majority of it."

Duff arrives at Bickland Park alongside Sticker team-mate Jack Bowyer, and he believes this, coupled with his knowledge of a number of the current squad, will help him settle in as quick as possible.

He said: “I’ve known Jordy [striker Jordan Annear] from college, Clarkey [midfielder Harry Clarke] I’ve known for many years and it definitely helps, Bucks [striker Matt Buchan] I know as well."

“It was always a challenge to get into the team [at Sticker], there’s really good players there and a really good set-up, but here you’ve got just that added competition even more so, and pushing for the league and pushing for the cups as well as the chance to work with some new coaches and grow as a player. 

"Hopefully that sort of pressure to improve will help improve me and become a better player.”

But what does Duff think he can bring to his new side?

“Energy for one," he said. "I always pride myself on my work rate, hopefully a bit of quality but we’ll see as we go on! 

“I want to improve my goalscoring as well as I don’t score enough goals, but on the ball my technique I think can hopefully add something to the squad. I know it’s already really good anyway but we’ll see what I can do."

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