Peter Hartley hopes to enjoy working with 'positive' Owen Coyle

Having signed for Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfit Jamshedpur FC for the upcoming season, defender Peter Hartley is looking forward to working with head coach Owen Coyle. The 32-year-old defender moved to India in search of a new challenge and commended Coyle’s ambition, enthusiasm and positivity.

“I had an incline that I wanted a new challenge. I had spoken to a few clubs but having spoken to Owen Coyle, my mind was made up straight away. His enthusiasm for the game, he’s ambitious and so is the club, I’m going from one ambitious environment to another. Obviously in different circumstances, country and style of football but it’s something I’m excited about,” the defender said in an interview with Scottish-based Not The Old Firm.

“There’s not a lot of room for error, I think the season is around 18 league games. You’ve got to be prepared, you’ve got to be organised. Positivity oozes out of him (Coyle), I like the way he sounds and hopefully I enjoy working with him. He’s managed at the highest level and it’s another opportunity to hopefully grow as a player and a person,” Hartley explained.

Jamshedpur have been active in the transfer window, strengthening their squad in every department. They have signed last season’s Hero ISL Golden Boot winner Nerijus Valskis from Chennaiyin FC as well as winger Jackichand Singh from FC Goa. Furthermore, Nigerian centre-back Stephen Eze has also been roped into partner Hartley in defence.

While discussing the upcoming campaign, Peter seemed confident about the players that Jamshedpur have signed and commented on his personal training regime, he said, “You’ve got to trust the process. I’ve been with the same agency for 10 years and I class my agent as one of my best friends. He knows what challenges I like. We’ve signed a very exciting group of foreign players; we’re building a nice team.”

“I’ve put myself in a good training regime. I’ve mapped out my 6-8 week regime going into pre-season. I’ve tried to get into the mentality of being a professional athlete. I’ve kept myself ticking over but I’m now trying to tick all the boxes so I’m ready to rumble when I get to India,” Hartley added.

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