FORMER Chester striker Chris Simm plans to play a key role tonight in his European debut.
The 28-year-old forward is hoping he can start in Bangor City’s Europa Cup first preliminary round tie against Moldovan team FC Zimbru Chisinau at his club’s new Nantporth Stadium.
Simm was axed by Chester after finishing last season as the Blues’ joint top marksman on 15 goals alongside Matty McGinn thanks to a hat-trick in the club’s final home match against Marine.
“I’ve been training three times a week for the last three weeks with Bangor in preparation for tonight’s European match,” Simm said.
“Everything has been going well and I’m feeling fit and ready to play my part for the club. The squad have done a lot of running and we’ve worked on a few training ground moves.
“We’re hoping to capitalise on tonight’s home first leg and the plan is to get at them and take our chances in the final third.
“I’d like to think that I can make an impact by scoring a few goals on my European debut and helping the club to progress to the next round.
“I don’t know anything about the opposition, just that they are from Moldova and that they could provide us with a few problems with their pace going forward.”
Simm revealed he had received a few messages of support on social networking site Twitter from Chester fans ahead of tonight’s clash.
He added: “A number of Chester supporters have tweeted me and they have wished me well, and I know a few of them are planning to come and watch me play.
“I think they’ll all be impressed with the set-up at Bangor’s new ground because it’s top drawer, and I’m hoping that we received plenty of support for tonight’s tie.
“I’m really enjoying my time at Bangor and I’m hoping that the club can do well in Europe as well as challenge for the Welsh Premier League title like they have done in the last few seasons.
“We have a 22-man squad and we have just returned from a pre-season trip to Linfield in Northern Ireland where every member of the squad got a game.
“I’d like to think that I can stay injury free this season and realise my target of scoring
Simm will be joined in Bangor’s squad by former Chester full-back Liam Brownhill who made the switch from the Blues to the Nantporth Stadium in the summer.
It will also be a big night for former Chester City assistant manager Huw Griffiths as his Cefn Druids entertain Finnish outfit MyPa-47 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground.
Griffiths was at the Exacta Stadium as assistant to the club’s former manager Simon Davies.
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