Sport

Luke Joyce: Money doesn’t always bring success

Stanley’s Luke Joyce says it doesn’t matter that some League Two clubs are splashing the cash as it is no guarantee of  success.
Luke Joyce knows you can take nothing for granted in League Two
Stanley’s Luke Joyce says it doesn’t matter that some League Two clubs are splashing the cash as it is no guarantee of  success.

The Reds proved that in 2010/11 when they reached the play-offs despite a low wage budget and  the bookmakers tipping Stanley to face a relegation battle instead.

Newly-promoted Fleetwood look to be spending big while Steve Evans has made a number of signings for his Rotherham side – and said he hasn’t finished yet.

“You get it every year,” said Joyce, 24, who was captain last year with Dean Winnard ruled out for the second part of the season with an ankle injury.

“You look at what other clubs are buying and it does make you raise your eyebrows but some players who come down to League Two don’t always fancy it.

“You only have to look at last season – not many would have given Cheltenham or Crewe a chance to be promoted, yet Crewe did it with their young players – and I felt it was well deserved – while Cheltenham got to the play-off final after struggling the season before.

“We know you can take nothing for granted and we once again hope to surprise a few people and all we can do is look after ourselves.”

Joyce, who got married in the summer, admitted the Reds have been handed a tough start to their league campaign, starting at last season’s promotion chasing Southend United with relegated Exeter City also included in the first three fixtures.

“Exeter won’t want to hang around in this league after sampling League One and it is a tough start for us,”¿he continued.

 “But you have to play everyone at some time so at least we get the trip to Southend out of the way early doors.

“Bradford on Boxing Day is exciting as there will be a big crowd and it should be a good atmopshere.

“Once the fixtures come out, you do start getting excited again about the new season.”

He admits that he is shocked that the Reds already have 11 signed up to their cause.

“I don’t think that’s happened before, Accrington only usually have one or two signed up!” said Joyce.

“But I am impressed so far. The lad from Preston, George Miller, has a good reputation and I think Toto (Nsiala) will do well this season.

“He is a great signing and showed what a good centre half he can be last season when dealing with people like Adebayo Akinfenwa.

“He is only a young lad and it was a big change from him coming from Everton to here last season and I think he learnt a lot but he got more used to it as the season went on and he is big and strong and will do well for us.

“Then we have Dean Winnard coming back from injury but Peter Murphy did well at centre back so there are a few decisions for the gaffer.”

Joyce admitted he was probably the only Stanley person excited at the prospect of beginning the 2012/13 season at Carlisle United in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, August 14.

“It’s my old club and I haven’t been back so I am looking foward to meeting up with a few people there,” said Joyce, who has spent three seasons at Stanley since a switch from Brunton Park.

“Everyone else was devastated by the draw but I was happy enough. It was  brilliant for me!”

He is also anticipating the Bolton friendly the Saturday before the League Two season kicks off on¿August 18. “That’s one that will be special for me, being a Bolton fan but there are some really good friendlies with St Mirren, Blackburn and Burnley and I think we are all ready to go again.”

Meanwhile new boy George Miller, signed following his release from Preston North End on a one-year deal, admitted he is excited about his first season with the Reds.

The 20-year-old, a Preston fan who who made six appearences for the Deepdale side, said: “This is a big season for me.

“I was in and out of the side at Preston, there were a number of managerial changes and obviously it’s hard when you are released from a club, especially the one you have supported as a boy.

“But now I just want to be playing games regularly at Accrington and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals as I did in Preston’s reserves.

“I was only a fringe player at Preston but hopefully I can play 40 or more games this season. It’s what I need to do at this stage of my career.”