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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

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