Further to the news that left back David Fitzpatrick has signed a new two deal with the club, we caught up with him before he jetted off for a summer break.
Here is what David had to say –
David, great to hear that you have signed a new two year deal with the club – I guess you are pleased to get it done early in the summer?
It is nice to get things done early. Last year it took some time but this year it was quite straight forward really.
Interest is always generated by last years achievements, however in the last week or so Macclesfield have shown real intent to get me re-signed, which helped me make my mind up to be honest.
Roll on the summer!!
In terms of last season – you really couldn’t have hoped for a better one could you?
After reaching Wembley the year before and the euphoria of that cup run, you don’t see things going much better after that.
Then when I came back to pre season with only four of us signed last July, my expectations weren’t quite the same.
So to win the league in the manner we did and for me to play every single league game, it has been remarkable to say the least.
How important is it that we keep that togetherness and feel good factor alive as we return to the Football League?
Last years achievement were definitely based upon great spirit and togetherness but also because we have some really good footballers, which shouldn’t be forgotten.
I do hope we can get most of the squad to re-sign, as this group deserve to take on the challenge of the Football League.
You must be looking forward to making the step up as well?
I have been fortunate enough to make my way up the non-league pyramid into the National League and play a lot of games.
The last 5 years have been hard work, juggling football with full time work, but the aim has always been to step up and test myself in the Football League.
I have no doubts about how difficult it will be but everyone loves a challenge don’t they!!
What are you hoping to achieve next season both personally and collectively?
For any team stepping up from non-league to the Football League, the aim will always be to stay up no matter what.
The National League is so tough to get out of, you don’t want to be going back there in a hurry.
On a personal note, if I can manage to play every game again or close to it then I will be more than happy, as it will show that I’m at least doing something right.
Maybe a goal or two – would be nice also!!
Finally, now you have sorted your new contract out, I guess you will be willing the new season to come around?
Now that my contract is sorted, I’m actually looking forward to switching off for a few weeks and enjoying some rest.
The excitement for the new season is definitely there but I’m happy to wait a little while for that to come.
Once it does, I’m sure myself and everyone connected with the club will saviour these special moments!!
We would like to thank David for his time – as always it is greatly appreciated.