The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

CARLISLE de­fender Michael Raynes is more con­cerned with push­ing the club into the play-offs than ty­ing down his fu­ture at Brun­ton Park.

Raynes, whose header earned the Cum­bri­ans a point against Ley­ton Ori­ent in mid­week, joined on a oneyear deal in the sum­mer af­ter be­ing re­leased by Mans­field and in­sists talks of an ex­ten­sion are sim­ply a dis­trac­tion right now.

“That will work it­self out,” said the 28-year-old. “I’m en­joy­ing my­self and that’s all I care about. Other stuff, I put on the back­burner. That’s what you’ve got an agent for.

“What­ever will be, will be – con­tracts are con­tracts. All I know is that it’s a great place to be, I love the way the gaffer (Keith Curle) is and the way we play, and we will have a good go un­til the end of the sea­son.”

How­ever, there is lit­tle doubt Raynes has de­vel­oped into an in­flu­en­tial player at the club, stand­ing in as cap­tain for the in­jured Danny Grainger in re­cent weeks.

He added: “I’m lov­ing it, al­though I’m miss­ing Danny and I think, as a squad, we’re miss­ing Danny as well, and not just on the pitch.

“He’s the best cap­tain I’ve ever played with and when Danny’s back we will be a stronger side.

“At the minute I don’t mind look­ing af­ter it for him.”

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