NATHAN CLARKE agreed a new three-year Town contract and urged: “Let’s move forward together.”
The 25-year-old centre-back, one of a string of players boss Lee Clark is keen to tie up on extended deals, made his debut in the Championship in 2001.
And the one-club man, who was set to make his 267th appearance at Stockport today, is convinced the current management team can lead Town back there.
“It really feels like we are getting somewhere – I wouldn’t have signed otherwise,” said Clarke, who has played every match under Town’s current boss.
“The spell I have committed for will be a crucial time in my career, as I will be 28 in 2012.
“The club really needed to be pushing forward and I think the appointment of the manager and his backroom staff, the backing from the new chairman (Dean Hoyle) and the growing fanbase shows it is the place to be.
“If we can get into the play-offs this season, it would be brilliant. I want to play at as high a level as possible and given the facilities we have here we could establish ourselves in the Championship.
“Hull City should be the benchmark for us. We were playing them regularly a couple of seasons ago but they have shot up through the divisions and all we need is that consistency. We are all pushing together and it can be done.
“The quality of the players we brought in during January was a statement of intent for me. It showed how determined we are to move forward.”