RAYNES FOCUSES ON BID TO GO UP
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.”