Date: 18th May 2014 at 4:23pm
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Manager Graham Westley has said that both Jon Ashton and Chris Day deserved their new deals, despite the fact they didn’t have a good 2013-14.

The defender and goalkeeper signed their new 12 month extensions the other day and speaking to the Official Site Westley admitted that they both agreed they didn’t have a very good campaign last season, that ultimately saw us relegated, but having been good servants to the club prior to that, he expected both of them to this disappointment behind them and bounce back and respond properly to their poor campaign in 2014-15.

‘Neither had a good 2013-14 but both have been great servants to Stevenage and are determined to respond to that.’

Westley goes on to say that he’s basically had some good heart to hearts with them over his feeling that they are more than capable of better the fare we saw last season, and they know their ‘squad’ roles moving forward as he begins a rebuild once again, and they are completely on board with that and appreciate they let themselves and the club down with some of the appearances put in and they want to make up for that.

‘If that turns out to be true then I will be delighted. Having these two great professionals on board can only be a win win situation as we look to regroup ahead of the new season.’

Interesting use of the word ‘squad’ and keeps with that thinking that Westley wants to build a predominantly young side to seek promotion and grow and develop with the club, but obviously alongside that you need good leaders to help them and step up when required both on and off the pitch.