Scott wants title push

Fleetwood Town v Oxford United.  Keeper Scott Davies.
Fleetwood Town v Oxford United. Keeper Scott Davies.
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SCOTT Davies is targeting a title push next season, having put pen to paper on a new Highbury deal.

The keeper, who has attracted the attention of a number of League One and Championship clubs, agreed a new three-year deal on Tuesday, which will keep him at the club until 2016.

And the 26-year-old stopper insists the ambitions of the club and of boss Graham Alexander were key to him pledging his long-term future to the Fylde coast.

Davies said: “This has obviously been going on for a while, so I’m happy to have finally been able to get things sorted.

“It was always my intention to stay here as long as the ambitions of Fleetwood Town matched my own.

“The play-offs is a very big ask now this season but next season we want to be pushing to take the club into League One and get another title under our belts. That is the vision Graham Alexander and the chairman have sold me and I’ve bought into it.”

For Davies, the prospect of playing at a higher level was crucial to securing a new deal.

He said: “I want to play at as high a level as I can. The club very much has the goal of playing in League One. There’s even been talk of the Championship. And why not?

“Scunthorpe are an example of a club who have managed to reach that level. That’s the ambition everyone at Fleetwood should have.”

Davies is now keen to put speculation about his future in the past and get on with the task of earning his next Highbury deal.

He said: “I’m just looking forward to the first day of training and starting to show I’m worth my next contract.

“I know you have to work hard every day - you only get out what you put in.”

With three games left this season, Davies believes Fleetwood have to lay down their credentials for next season’s campaign.

He said: “We want to go over to Rotherham and get the win. We know if we’re going to win a title next year those are the kind of sides we have to be beating.

“We have to become a much tougher, more consistent side.If you look at our win,lose and draw columns this year you’ll see they are fairly well balanced. We simply haven’t won enough or dominated enough.”

And Manchester City fan Davies is taking inspiration from Monday’s victory at Old Trafford ahead of the clash at the New York Stadium.

“The change has got to start on Saturday. We need to put down a marker. “It’s like Manchester City going to United and winning.It’s a signal of intent for next season.”

The Highbury faithful will, no doubt be delighted to see their no.1 put pen to paper, having established himself as first choice between the posts first under Micky Mellon and now under Graham Alexander.

Davies hopes it will put an end to terrace talk. He said: “I love Fleetwood and I would not have signed the contract if I didn’t believe the club can go further.

“You never know what is going to come along in the future but I’ve signed up here for three years. I want to play at a higher level but I want to do that with this club.

“I think I’ve come a long way in a short time at the club and hopefully that can continue.”

And the stopper is delighted to see two other key players extend their Highbury stay.

Junior Brown signed a new two-year deal on Tuesday, defender Alan Goodall adding a year to his stay.

Davies said: “Junior, like me, has come on leaps and bounds here. He’s been our main attacking threat this year and it’s great to see he thinks his future is with the club.

“He deserves it and he’s just the kind of player we need.

“Alan is a very experienced professional and a top defender, and it’s good to know he’s staying with us.”

Town are still waiting to agree deals with a number of other stars, including full-back Shaun Beeley.