Byrne’s back­ing lofty bid

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Town de­fender Neill Byrne has joined the long list of his team-mates who feel the team need to se­cure a top five fin­ish this sea­son.

Byrne signed a new deal at the club last week to keep him at the Moss Rose for the 2016/17 cam­paign.

He now hopes that it can be a suc­cess­ful year for the Silk­men, and be­lieves that pro­mo­tion has to be the aim.

“I think ev­ery­one’s mind-set needs to be into the play-offs and up by the top of the ta­ble,” he said.

“To­wards the end of last sea­son, I think if you checked the form ta­ble we would’ve been up there, so if we can start off like that who says we can’t be up there?”

Byrne in­sists he had no doubts that he would be stay­ing with Mac­cles­field, and re­vealed that be­ing back home in Ireland was what pre­vented the deal be­ing done sooner.

“I’m de­lighted to get it all sorted. We’ve been talk­ing since the end of the sea­son but I was back in Ireland so it was a case of when I’d be back to get it signed and sealed,” he said.

“We fin­ished the sea­son strong so we want to kick on from there. Hope­fully we can start the sea­son as we fin­ished the last one, and with a good start we can get up to the top of the ta­ble and stay there for the sea­son.”

The 23-year-old was a reg­u­lar in the Macc squad af­ter join­ing from AFC Telford last sum­mer, mak­ing 27 ap­pear­ances and scor­ing three goals in the process.

He suf­fered a set­back when he frac­tured his leg dur­ing a match against For­est Green in Septem­ber, but he man­aged to re­cover from the in­jury and was able to re­turn to the squad within two months.

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