Jack out to fire play-off pur­suit

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town have bol­stered their at­tack­ing op­tions ahead of the new Na­tional League cam­paign af­ter sign­ing striker Jack Samp­son.

The 22-year-old joins from League Two side More­cambe af­ter agree­ing a one-year-deal with the Silk­men.

Samp­son spent the clos­ing stages of last sea­son on-loan at Mac­cles­field, mak­ing four ap­pear­ances and scor­ing two goals.

He is now glad to be back at the Moss Rose, and hopes next year will prove to be an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful one.

“I’m de­lighted to join Mac­cles­field and I’m happy to get it over and done with as it took a few weeks to com­plete,” he said.

“I had a lit­tle taste of what it was like at this club last sea­son and I would like to think I did okay while I was here.

“It was un­for­tu­nate that I got in­jured be­fore a big game and missed the match with Torquay, but I’m over it now and rar­ing to go for next year.

“I loved play­ing here and I was happy to get min­utes un­der my belt and was for­tu­nate to get a few goals, so hope­fully I can carry on do­ing that.”

The an­kle in­jury that Samp­son suf­fered to­wards the end of last sea­son is still both­er­ing him now, but he in­sists he is near­ing a re­turn to full-fit­ness.

“At the mo­ment I’m still do­ing my re­hab as I want to make sure my an­kle is okay,” he said.

“I don’t want to do any­thing too over the top that could set me back but I’ll be work­ing hard and mak­ing sure I don’t take my foot off the gas.”

Samp­son be­gan his youth ca­reer with Wi­gan Ath­letic be­fore earn­ing his first pro­fes­sional con­tract with Bolton Wan­der­ers.

He went on to have loan spells at Southend United and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley, be­fore then join­ing More­cambe per­ma­nently back in 2013.

With first-team op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Shrimps lim­ited, John Askey de­cided to bring Samp­son to Mac­cles­field, and the young­ster is glad to be link­ing back up with his new man­ager.

“The gaffer put his belief in me when I came to the club on-loan last sea­son and that’s what I need right now,” he said.

“I’ve spo­ken to him a few times over the last few weeks and I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with him again.

“Hope­fully I can get a run of games in the team as that would al­low me to build on each match and im­prove.

“It seems like John Askey is do­ing ev­ery­thing he did last year and we all know how suc­cess­ful a sea­son that was.

“It was un­for­tu­nate not to get to the play-offs, but if we can be chal­leng­ing for them again next sea­son then I’ll be more than happy.”

Mean­while, Macc fans have un­til Fri­day 26th June to re­tain their cur­rent seats for the new sea­son.

Af­ter that date, all seats will go on to gen­eral sale, mean­ing that sup­port­ers risk los­ing their seats for the new sea­son.

More than 500 sup­port­ers have snapped up their place at the Moss Rose next cam­paign and there is still time to book seats for the new sea­son. Tick­ets are priced at the fol­low­ing: Seat­ing: Vice Pres­i­dent - £660, Adult - £400, Con­ces­sions (65 and Over) - £300, Stu­dent - £100, Un­der 18 - £50, Un­der 12 - £30

‘Hope­fully I can get a run of games in the team as that would al­low me to build on each match and im­prove’

Stand­ing: Adult - £300, Con­ces­sions (65 and Over) - £200m, Stu­dent - £100, Un­der 18 - £50, Un­der 12 - £30

Silk­men sup­port­ers can now pur­chase their new home shirt for the 2015/16 sea­son.

Shirts are priced at £40 for adults and £35 for chil­dren and will be avail­able to pur­chase from the main of­fice at the club or from the Mac­cles­field Visi­tor Cen­tre. Al­ter­na­tively sup­port­ers can or­der their shirt by tele­phon­ing 01625 264686 or email­ing re­cep- tion@mtfc.co.uk. Sup­port­ers who have al­ready pre-or­dered are now able to col­lect their shirt.

The club will also be host­ing a spe­cial late night shop­ping evening on Thurs­day night (June 25th) un­til 8pm al­low­ing sup­port­ers to pur­chase their new shirt and get sea­son tick­ets be­fore the ‘claim your seat’ dead­line of June 26th.

The new away shirt for next sea­son is set to go on sale next month.

On Sun­day 28th June, the Silk­men will be host­ing a spe­cial re­cruit­ment af­ter­noon at the Moss Rose. This day will in­clude vol­un­tary or paid match­day jobs rang­ing from kiosk as­sis­tants to stew­ards. Mem­bers from sev­eral de­part­ments will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions about spe­cific roles within the club on match­day’s and to dis­cuss avail­abil­ity for the forth­com­ing sea­son. Roles in­cluded on the day are: Stew­ard­ing Bar/Wait­ress Work Re­fresh­ment Kiosk Staff Turn­stiles Op­per­a­tors Ticket Of­fice Staff 50.50 Draw Sellers Pro­gramme Sellers En­ter­tain­ment Co-or­di­na­tors In­for­ma­tion As­sis­tants

The event will run from 2pm-4pm in the McIl­roy Suite and is ideal for any­body in­ter­ested in any of the above roles. We hope to see plenty of you there.

If you have any ques­tions about the day please con­tact the main re­cep­tion on 01625 264686 or email re­cep­tion@mtfc. co.uk

David Field

●● Jack Samp­son, pic­tured left dur­ing his time at More­cambe, has signed for Mac­cles­field

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