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Alexander: Pond's decision to stay will boost the squad

26 May 2015

Defender committed his future to Town on Tuesday lunchtime

Graham Alexander feels Nathan Pond’s decision to agree a new contract with the Cod Army will be a boost to his squad as they prepare for their second season in League One.

The boss believes Pond and Stephen Jordan, who also agreed a new deal with the Club on Sunday, will continue their impressive partnership in central defence.

And Alexander believes their experience will be key next term, with a number of youngsters pushing for a first team place.

He said: “One of our major strengths last season was our defensive qualities, and both Stevie and Pondy along with Mark Roberts played massive parts.

“The reason we wanted Pondy to stay was because we believe he’s a very good centre half, and I still think there’s more to come from him.

“He’s got a fantastic reputation around the town and the Club and for good reason, but he’s a very good professional and we want him to progress next year.

“Last year was his first season as a League One player and we think there’s more to come, so to get him signed up is a big one for us.

“He started the season very well last year and felt he had a slight dip just before he got injured, and that kept him out for a while.

“He came back into the team towards the end of the season and got back to his competitive and aggressive self, which is when I believe he is at the top of his game.

“He can take on a role that is an example to all the other players at the Club, because if you train well and look after yourself then you get your rewards.

“Him and Stevie will be the most experienced players in that squad next season, so they’ve got big roles to fill really.

“It’s not just on the playing side but also as in leading the squad of young players that we have to constantly improve.”

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