Gaffer swung it for Fitz

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

DAVID Fitz­patrick in­sists work­ing with man­ager John Askey was one of the key rea­sons that con­vinced him to stay at Mac­cles­field Town.

The de­fender re­cently signed a new deal with the Silk­men to keep him at the club un­til the end of next sea­son.

The 26-year-old was a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the Macc team dur­ing the last cam­paign, and he ad­mits he owes a lot to Askey.

“The gaffer had a huge in­flu­ence on me sign­ing on for next sea­son. He kept faith in me all last sea­son and I think from the work that was done last year my de­fend­ing has im­proved a lot,” he said.

“He also made it clear very quickly he wanted to keep me and it’s al­ways nice to feel wanted. There was a num­ber of other things re­ally that con­vinced me to stay but know­ing that near enough every­one from last sea­son’s squad was go­ing to be of­fered a new deal, I was look­ing for­ward to that sta­bil­ity.

“Hope­fully as a group we can all take for­ward the pos­i­tives from last year into the next cam­paign.”

Fitz­patrick is glad to have his con­tract tied up al­ready.

“It’s a great feel­ing. The last two sum­mers have been re­ally frus­trat­ing for me, through con­tract un­cer­tainty and also in­jury,” he said.

“To get things sorted so soon was a mas­sive re­lief for me and it’s given me some­thing to look for­ward to.”

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