Pilks wants to prove him­self

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - FOOTBALL SHEL­DAN KEAY

GE­ORGE Pilk­ing­ton feels he still has some­thing to prove at Mac­cles­field af­ter turn­ing down other of­fers to stay at the Moss Rose.

The 33-year-old de­fender was out of con­tract dur­ing the sum­mer, but has now signed a new deal with the club.

Pilk­ing­ton was wanted by sev­eral other teams, but he didn’t feel it was the cor­rect time to de­part the Silk­men.

“There was other in­ter­est in me and you have to see what’s out there but deep down I wasn’t ready to leave and I didn’t want to leave,” he said.

“I’m de­lighted to have put pen to pa­per and I’m look­ing for­ward to start­ing pre-sea­son now. I’m com­ing to­wards the last stage of my ca­reer now and so for me, it’s all about play­ing games and keep­ing my­self fit.”

Pilk­ing­ton was an ev­er­p­re­sent in the Mac­cles­field start­ing line-up last sea­son, play­ing in 44 of the 46 matches.

De­spite miss­ing nar­rowly out in pro­mo­tion, the ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre­back won’t be look­ing back with thoughts.

“You can al­ways point fin­gers at games but it was a pos­i­tive sea­son,” he said.

“The tar­get for next sea­son will be to get a play-off spot.

“It’s a re­al­is­tic tar­get be­cause we’ve kept the nu­cleus of the squad to­gether.

“With our hunger and de­sire as well as the strong team ethic we had, we can do it again.

“John Askey is a big part of how the club plays and he man­aged to as­sem­ble a great team last year with re­sources that aren’t as good as other clubs in the league.

“Fin­gers crossed he can do the same again for the sea­son com­ing.”

Pilk­ing­ton first joined Mac­cles­field on-loan from Mans­field back in 2014, be­fore mak­ing his move per­ma­nent later that year.

He’s also spent time with Ever­ton, Port Vale and Lu­ton Town dur­ing his ca­reer.


‘For me, it’s all about play­ing games and keep­ing my­self fit’

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Mac­cles­field de­fender Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton

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