Play-off tar­get re­al­is­tic: Lewis

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town midfielder Paul Lewis in­sists fin­ish­ing in the play-offs is a re­al­is­tic aim this sea­son.

The midfielder has com­mit­ted his fu­ture to the Silk­men for another year af­ter sign­ing a new deal with the club.

He was a key player dur­ing the clos­ing stages of last sea­son’s cam­paign, and he doesn’t see any rea­son why pro­mo­tion can’t be achieved.

‘’The aim of course will be to build on last sea­son and hope­fully try and make the play­offs,” he said.

“That’s what we all want. The team is great here as we all get on and it’s a great dress­ing room to be in be­cause we all just want to play football.

“There are still a few more ad­di­tions to add but with the play­ers we’ve signed al­ready I don’t see why we can’t be up there.

“I’m de­lighted to sign my con­tract, I’m just re­ally ex­cited to get play­ing again. Pre-sea­son matches are just around the cor­ner and it’s not long be­fore the com­pet­i­tive matches be­gin too.”

Lewis be­gan his ca­reer with Premier League side Ever­ton, com­ing through their youth academy.

He even­tu­ally joined the Mac­cles­field youth sys­tem and earned his first se­nior con­tract with the club in the sum­mer of 2013.

His emer­gence into the first team was one of the first things man­ager John Askey de­cided on upon his re­turn to the club, and Lewis rel­ishes work­ing with him.

’I’ve been un­der John now for quite a few sea­sons, I like how he works and he gives me con­fi­dence in my­self and that brings out the best of me,” he said.

‘’ Last sea­son I scored four goals but per­son­ally I would like to get even more then that this time. If I’m play­ing well I know I can score a lot more than that and my tar­get is ten goals this sea­son.”

Lewis made 22 ap­pear­ances for Mac­cles­field dur­ing the 2013/14 sea­son, but a bro­ken col­lar­bone last year hin­dered his progress.

Af­ter a lengthy pe­riod on the side­lines, he made his come­back from in­jury in Jan­uary, with his per­for­mances earn­ing him a call-up to the Eng­land C side.

Mean­while, Mac­cles­field Town are ask­ing for help in pro­vid­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for loan and tri­al­ist play­ers.

They are look­ing for sup­port­ers who would be in­ter­ested in of­fer­ing play­ers a place to stay in the lo­cal area.

Those who are keen to dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther should con­tract 01625 264686 or email re­cep­tion@mtfc.co.uk

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Paul Lewis in­sists the play-offs are a re­al­is­tic tar­get

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