Fleetwood Town and Uzbekistan side Lokomotiv Tashkent in link-up

Fleetwood’s CEO Steve Curwood and Lokomotiv Tashkent's Davron Azizov
After signing the initial agreement at Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood will travel to Uzbekistan

League One side Fleetwood Town have announced a partnership with Uzbekistan club Lokomotiv Tashkent.

The two clubs will develop commercial opportunities and the Cod Army are expected to go on a pre-season tour to Uzbekistan in 2016.

The deal also includes sharing of on and off-field knowledge.

"I see them as a role model in the UK football as they've developed from the very bottom up," said Lokomotiv's marketing manager Davron Azizov.

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He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We started in the second league and we're succeeding in the Premier League of Uzbekistan and playing in the Champions League.

"In the future we want to put all efforts together to develop a good partnership base on youth development."

Fleetwood were playing in the ninth tier of English football as recently as 2005, but helped by the financial input of chairman Andy Pilley, they were promoted to League One last season.

The Lancashire side are planning to include an international academy in their new training facility, where young players from Uzbekistan and Central Asia can come and train.

The British Ambassador in Uzbekistan, George Edgar, will host Fleetwood representatives when they visit the country on their tour.

Who are Lokomotiv Tashkent?
Founded in 2002Twice runner-up in the top flight Uzbek Premier League
Play at the 8,000 capacity Lokomotiv StadiumWon the Uzbekistan Cup for the first time in 2014