Ritchie aims to be club’s num­ber one

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHEL­DAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town goal­keeper Ritchie Brana­gan says he will be achiev­ing a life’s dream if he can be­come the first-choice goal­keeper at the Moss Rose this sea­son.

Brana­gan signed a new con­tract at Mac­cles­field last month which will see him re­main at the club dur­ing the 2015/16 Va­narama Na­tional League cam­paign.

Af­ter Rhys Tay­lor left the Silk­men to join New­port ear­lier this sum­mer, Brana­gan’s claim to be the num­ber one strength­ened, and he is ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity.

“This is ef­fec­tively ev­ery­thing I’ve been train­ing for since I started play­ing football,” he said. “No doubt I’m ready. Fit­ness­wise I feel the best I have ever felt. Peo­ple say that a lot but it isn’t a lie.

“I came back last year and prob­a­bly felt the worst I had been, so I worked hard over the sum­mer and now I feel bril­liant.

“As the games come thick and fast I will come into my el­e­ment more. At the mo­ment we are play­ing cagey teams who are still get­ting their fit­ness, so once the sea­son starts that’s where I will get my chance to shine.

“I know I’ve got big shoes to fill af­ter Rhys left but that’s more ex­cit­ing for me as it’s more a chal­lenge.

“Ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to the first league game against Torquay, es­pe­cially me as it’s my first sea­son at this level.”

Mac­cles­field’s pre-sea­son is well-un­der­way, with a home game against Sheffield United tonight (Wed­nes­day).

Brana­gan has played a key part in the friendly matches, and he is im­pressed with what he has seen from the team.

“We’ve made good pro­gres­sion through­out our matches and the play­ers have been do­ing re­ally well,” he said.

“I want more ac­tive games with teams that will come at us as then we will start to score more goals.”

‘I worked hard over the sum­mer and now I feel bril­liant’

Michael Ri­p­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy

●● Mac­cles­field Town goal­keeper Ritchie Brana­gan

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