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Woolfenden: This is a Massive Club, It Shouldn't Be Where It Is
Wednesday, 1st Jul 2020 14:17

Central defender Luke Woolfenden says his main focus is on getting the Blues back into the Championship having signed a new four-year deal at Town.

The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract earlier today which runs to the summer of 2024 with the club having an option to keep him for a further year.

“Obviously I’m delighted to sign a new deal but for me, it’s about progressing here and getting this club back in the Championship,” Woolfy told the official website.

“We have to finish what we started. That’s got to be the aim. There will be an extra desire in the squad to put it right. This is a massive club. It shouldn’t be where it is but we have to get on with it.

“We owe the supporters that. We had 20,000 in the stadium every week and things were going well but then we fell away after January and where we finished just isn’t good enough.

“I don’t know why we fell away. We drew too many games, dropped points - especially at home. We didn’t take our chances in matches and then conceded and the confidence started to go. We can’t let that happen again next season.”

As yet it’s unclear when the Blues will get back to action with Woolfenden ideally hoping fans will be present when 2020/21 does get under way.

“I’ve watched some of the games on TV and it’s nowhere near the same with no supporters there. Imagine playing at Wembley in the play-offs like they did the other day with the stadium empty,” he added.

“If we have to play behind closed doors, you get on with it but I really hope supporters are back when we start. It won’t be so strange for me because I was playing U23s football 18 months ago but for the senior lads, it will be very different.

“I’m just desperate to get back playing again. I’ve even been texting my mates from school to see if they want a kickabout!”

Reflecting on 2019/20, in which he established himself as a regular having been on loan at Swindon the previous season, he said: “I did come back last summer not really knowing what was happening and where I might be playing.

“I got in the team though and I’ve moved on from there. Now I’ve got it in my head that I want to be first-choice centre-back and play every week. That’s what I’m aiming for.”

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BlueandTruesince82 added 14:35 - Jul 1
Top defender in the making.... really great to hear all the right noises that point to him being here at least another year, if we get promoted maybe longer

beornioblue added 14:36 - Jul 1
Good on you Woolfy and an honest assessment of the fall away from January. Build the defence around him as he is key

Len_Brennan added 14:37 - Jul 1
First choice, right sided centre back, with no rotation policy, would be great.

ArnieM added 15:30 - Jul 1
Would be nice to get his mate Downes signed up on a longer deal too. But doubt somehow he’d be willing to sign.

londontractorboy57 added 15:57 - Jul 1
Obviously because of the financial climate in football no body offered him a better deal.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:10 - Jul 1
Nice one Woolfy!

Bert added 16:46 - Jul 1
Despite our woefully disappointing season at least we still have a club and one that Luke W still wants to play for. Very sad to hear that Wigan have gone into Administration today and had 12 points deducted. Evans may not be the rich investor we had hoped for and would still like him to be, but in today's world we can be confident that we still have a club.

therein61 added 16:48 - Jul 1
So pleased you are staying young man and you fit the bill from the Sir Bob years of us giving youngsters their heads, i can appreciate your comments re giving goals away and wondering why? just look beside and directly in front of you on the park!!.

Bradleyblue89 added 17:13 - Jul 1
I think there is a statement bonus written into all recently signed contracts that gives them a cash incentive to make this particular statement...

Shawsey added 19:02 - Jul 1
Some honesty at last. Great news about the contract and hope you get us back next season.

JDAndCoke added 19:04 - Jul 1
Kudos to Marcus Evans here. Whilst clubs like Wigan are going to the wall, we're signing and protecting our best assets on long contracts

Bluearmy_81 added 19:23 - Jul 1
Kudos to Evans!! 🤣😂🤣He's led us to mid table league 1 football from knocking on the door of the prem in 13 years!! You're easily pleased

Bluearmy_81 added 19:24 - Jul 1
Very true it is Woolfy, pity too many here don't know it or believe it and instead think we've 'found out level...' 🤣

marco007 added 20:39 - Jul 1
Two words where it wwnt wrong ....Paul Lambert 🙄
Great to see the Woolf sign though

Edmundo added 23:20 - Jul 1
Just need 7 more clubs above us to go to the wall and we'll be back in the Championship. (Before anyone gets indignant, I'm joking).

KiwiBlue2 added 09:10 - Jul 2
Agree entirely Luke. You have a major part to play in the club's rejuvenation so I hope that you are in it for the long haul........

norfolkbluey added 12:14 - Jul 2
What a relief to have him sign up on a long deal. Lets hope nobody comes in with a massive deal to lure him away. This is a really positive bit of news. I can't believe we are now in the same division as Northampton! "We just gotta get out of the place if its the last thing we do"

StavangerBlue added 14:26 - Jul 4
Fact: in the current situation he needs to think security. Town may still sell him if we get offered a rusty mini and a bag of chips.

We are not a massive club. We are League One mid-table also-rans. Recent form makes us likely to be down in the bottom third next year.

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