Pilks wants to prove himself
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’
●● Macclesfield defender George Pilkington