IT MIGHT have taken him a while to put pen to paper, but Antony Kay says he was always keen to sign a new Town contract.
The versatile 28-year-old, who has played in both midfield and central defence since signing from Tranmere in 2009, agreed another two-year deal earlier this month.
Now the newly-married father of three is looking towards the new League I campaign and another promotion push.
“The offer was there and I was always going to sign it,” explained Kay, who married Louise in front of the couple’s daughters Ella and Libby and son Arley in Mauritius.
“But with us being involved in the play-offs, then the wedding taking place, it just took a while to get everything sorted out.”
It’s certainly been a busy spell for the Barnsley-born player, who won promotion from League I with his hometown club in 2006.
Having recovered from injury, he made a high-profile return to the starting side to figure in all three League I play-off ties, taking his total Town appearance tally to 88 with 11 goals.
He grabbed the equaliser which sent Town’s semi-final showdown with Bournemouth to penalties, then put away the spot kick which sealed a 4-2 shoot-out success.
Town, of course, came unstuck in their Old Trafford final clash with Peterborough, who were among the clubs Lee Clark pipped to Kay’s signature two years ago.
Now, after twice missing out in the play-offs with Town, he’s determined to set the record straight and return to the Championship.
“We’ve had a bit of a change, with Lee Peltier and Anthony Pilkington leaving,” he continued.
“They are both good players, but we’ve brought good players in, and I think we’ve already seen flashes of what they’re about in pre-season.
“We’re happy with the way things are going, and the Scottish trip was a big thing for us, because it helped the new lads settle in.
“It’s good to have chalked up so many wins in pre-season, but we all know the results that matter are those in League I, and that’s what we’re looking towards.”