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28 October 2021

"I think it helps on the pitch when you know your teammates are good guys"

Janoi Donacien believes the Town squad is getting stronger both on and off the pitch.

The Blues are on an impressive run of form having lost just one of the last nine games in all competitions, and the full-back believes budding relationships have played their part in the side's improvement.

"We're learning more about each other all the time," Janoi told the Club website.

"We have a really good group of guys here and we're already pretty close. I think that might surprise people because it often takes time for lads to settle in, but the new guys have been brilliant.

"I think it helps on the pitch when you know your teammates are good guys. There's a confidence in the group because you can stand in the changing room and know you're surrounded by good players, but also people that have your back and will work for you.

"Coffee Club, as it is now known, gets talked about a fair bit, but the lads do a lot together - even just going for a drink or a bite to eat helps you get to know each other. Evo [Lee Evans] has about eight kids so he's often busy, but when lads are available, we enjoy doing stuff together.

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"As I say, it helps with building relationships and partnerships on the pitch. I'm obviously close to Wes [Burns] and he's a top lad. We have our handshake which has become a bit of a go-to celebration, and I think we have been combining well.

"It's the same for whoever is lining up on the right side, though. Everyone works hard for the team and we're all committed to the cause."

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