Midfield man delighted to extend his stay...NICKY Featherstone became the latest member of Dean Smith’s squad to commit himself to the club until the end of next season when he signed a new deal earlier today.
Although the former Hull City and Hereford United man has had to be content with a place on the substitutes’ bench since the turn of the year, he has had a key role to play since his eve of season arrival.
“I’m delighted that everything is sorted,” he said. “It’s important to keep the nucleus of this team together. We have some good, young lads here and we’re all progressing together; it’s great to be part of it.
“The lads have been on a brilliant run and, yes, it has been frustrating not being in the starting line-up, every footballer should want to be playing week in, week out but I also understand that I have a role to play to support those in the team and be ready to step in and do a job when required.
“There is a great team spirit here and everyone has a role to play. We’ve got ten games to go and we all need to pull together because we’ve got some big games coming up as we chase a place in the play-offs.
“There are lots of opportunities for us to take points off the teams around us in the weeks ahead. It’s in our own hands and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“We have a really good mix of youth and experience with everyone enjoying playing for the manager. There has always been belief here and a tremendous team spirit and that has really shone through in our recent form.
“For me personally, I love working with the Gaffer. He’s very relaxed and consistent in what he does; I’ve been able to be myself and that has helped me really progress here.
“Richard O’Kelly was also a big influence on my decision to come here and I am delighted with the way in which things have gone. Obviously I want to be in the team and I know that I have to continue to work hard if I am to do so.
“Getting this new deal sorted means that I can now concentrate on my football and helping this club finish as high as we can.”