Moke sig­nals his in­tent – to stay

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

ADRI­ANO Moke handed Macc Town boss John Askey a handy win­ter boost, sign­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion un­til the sum­mer.

The winger’s form dur­ing his first sea­son as a Silk­man saw him pop up on Chel­tenham Town’s radar, and the League Two club had held talks with Moke, 25.

The grad­u­ate of Glenn Hod­dle’s academy has two goals in 30 league and cup out­ings to his name, com­ing in Au­gust’s victory at Telford and the de­feat at Bar­net in Novem­ber.

Macc had al­ready man­aged to re­tain the ser­vices of an­other in-de­mand star, goal­keeper Rhys Tay­lor.

The for­mer Chelsea cus­to­dian’s a real con­tender in the playerof-the-sea­son stakes, and Moke’s de­ci­sion de­lighted Askey, who’s since had to fight to re­tain the ser­vices of his play­ers dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow.

Robins’ manager Paul Buckle had spo­ken to Moke but the mid­fielder opted to re­main at the Moss Rose and con­tinue to help the club’s bid for pro­mo­tion.

“Mokes told me he’d spo­ken to Chel­tenham, who were of­fer­ing more money than we could but he wanted to see it through here and get the job (re­turn­ing to the Foot­ball League) done,” said Askey.

“He’s prob­a­bly played more games for us this sea­son than he has done in years, he’s had about 30 starts in games and that’s only go­ing to help him.

“He’s got great pace and a lot of abil­ity and I know peo­ple will look at him be­cause he’s had a great sea­son and he’s an im­por­tant player for us.

“It would have been a big loss to us if he’d gone.”

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