George Fowler is hoping to make the right-back spot his own next season (Credit: Alistair Wilson)
By Kaylee Seckington
They have not been on a pitch together since March 14, but Craig Tanner and George Fowler have formed a great partnership – on a video game.
It was announced last week that the pair, along with academy keeper Ryan Hall and Joel Nouble, had signed Aldershot Town deals for the 2020-21 season.
And Tanner admitted that while he has found the experience of the coronavirus lockdown a challenge, he has been keeping in touch with team-mates via online gaming.
“I’ve been building the chemistry with George Fowler on Fortnite and Warzone playing duos,” the former Plymouth Argyle and Reading forward told the Aldershot Town website.
“I think he’s more the killer and I’m more the medic. I come round and revive him.”
And with friendlies due to begin in August and a return date for the National League pencilled in for September, Tanner is excited to start his first full campaign with the Shots after he joined in December.
“I’m really over the moon to be back,” he said.
“Hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer until we can get back on the pitch and around the lads, but I’m over the moon.
“I think I came in around December and I felt like I did alright considering I’d been out for a while before that. I’m excited to get pre-season in and hopefully improve on last season.”
However the 25-year-old Camberley-born player admits training on his own over the summer has been a challenge.
“I’ve tried to keep fit as much as possible but it isn’t always easy when you don’t have a start date to aim for,” he explained.
“I feel really good, really strong. It has given me a chance to work on other aspects of my body which I might not be able to do during the season. I’m excited to get back and pick up where I left off.”
Meanwhile Fowler, who has previously been a centre-back, is looking to make another defensive position his own in the coming year.
“I’m looking to play right-back this season,” Fowler said. “When I came back from my injury last season I played four or five games there and I really enjoyed it, so that’s what I’m looking to push forward with.”
Aldershot Town play their home games at the EBB Stadium in Aldershot, Hampshire.