SPENCER STAYS ON WITH MAGPIES
NOTTS COUNTY boss Shaun Derry is hopeful striker Jimmy Spencer is the first of a glut of high-quality signings this summer.
Spencer, 22, has signed a two-year deal with the Magpies after originally arriving at Meadow Lane on a shortterm deal in February.
“He gives us a great platform to play off and I’m hopeful this is a sign for future signings coming in of that calibre,” said Derry.
“I feel I’ve got a top, top League One centre forward.We took a gamble on him, and he took a gamble on us. He got his head down and was a huge positive performer on the pitch.”
Spencer’s five league goals were crucial to County’s great escape and the former Huddersfield man is confident the stability of a new contract will allow him to thrive. “I was made so welcome when I came through the door that I knew then it was the right club for me,” said Spencer.
“It makes such a difference knowing you are going to be settled and I’m determined to carry on the form of last season into the next.
“Now I have somewhere to lay down some roots, I think people will get to see the best of me.”
But Derry and Spencer could be playing alongside each other after the 36-yearold Notts boss revealed he hasn’t called tiime on his playing career just yet.
“I'll be available next season,” added Derry. “I hope I will get the right type of players in to enable me to just be the manager. If I’m stood on the sidelines that means I’m quite happy with the team I’ve got. I don’t feel that you can do the job required by being a player.”
IMPRESSED: Jimmy Spencer