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Chesterfield defender Charlie Raglan has expressed his delight at signing a contract extension which commits his future to the club until the summer of 2017.
“I’m very pleased to be staying,” said the 22-year-old. “It hasn’t been going on for too long but the manager spoke to me towards the start of pre-season and said that he’d like to keep me, and that I’ll get opportunities to play.
“That was the main factor for me saying yes, of course, as well as enjoying my time here last year.”
Raglan made 25 appearances he made for the Spireites last season and is looking to add goalscoring to his growing list of credentials.
He said: “The manager has highlighted that we need to score more from set-pieces, it’s a big part of the game. He reels off quite a few stats showing how big top games are decided by corners and throw-ins and we’re doing a lot more work on that.
“He wants a lot more people contributing to goals because you can’t just rely on strikers to score goals just like we can’t rely on ourselves to defend and stop goals going in. It’s a team, the whole team has to do everything within reason. That’s one aim for me and the rest of the defenders: to score more goals.”
After signing from non-league FC United of Manchester in April 2014, Raglan’s development progressed quicker than some had expected and he believes it will continue to do so under the new regime at the Proact.
“He [Dean Saunders] has come in and given everyone a fair chance and said we’re in it together as a team. We’ve got quite a few young players who maybe haven’t got the experience of others.
“He’s made them feel like they’re part of the team and part of the squad and like last year we’ve done everything together.
“Mal Purchase has come in and been great, he’s come in and changed quite a few things from last year but hopefully it’s all to benefit and improve us and for us to win more games, starting on Saturday.
Ahead of the season opener against Barnsley on Saturday, Raglan offered his aims for the forthcoming campaign.
“Personally I want to play and be part of a winning team,” he explained. “We just want to do well together. Last year I think everyone would say we did well but looking round the dressing room and at training every day we expected to do well, we don’t know how well but if we can go one better, obviously that is the aim.
“We’ll see how it goes, you get a feel for it after the first four of five games but we’re pretty confident that we’ll be up there again taking on the best teams in the league.”