JOHN McGrath is hoping to extend his contract at Alfreton Town, but needs to overcome the injury that curtailed his season first.
The former Burton Albion skipper signed a one-year deal with the Reds after leaving the Brewers last summer, and was enjoying a good season until a knee injury hit him at the end of last year.
“My season finished at Christmas,” he told Mailsport this week.
“Until then, I had had a good season with Alfreton and really enjoyed it.
“I saw the specialist this week and he said my knee is as stable as it was before I injured it.
“But now I’ve got to build up the muscle around it.
“Alfreton have said my situation is a bit different because they want to keep me on, but they can’t offer me anything until we know what is happening with my injury.”
In the meantime, McGrath is hoping to be at Wembley on Monday to cheer on his former club, who he says deserve all their success.
He said: “When I first arrived at Burton from Tamworth, I remember driving into the car park at the Pirelli Stadium and saying to my missus ‘this is where I want to play’.
“It’s a beautiful ground, and they’ve got St George’s Park to train at now.
“The chairman runs it well, they’re never going to be a club who spiral into debt while he’s there.
“You can’t say they’re a lower league club anymore as they have stood up to the big lads like Bradford and Southend, not to mention Fulham and Manchester United!
“The first time Gary Rowett got them to the play-offs was fantastic, and people looked in and said ‘can he do it again?’ – and he has.
“He’s got a real affinity with the club, as he’s been there as player, assistant manager and now manager.
“So I’m delighted for him and delighted for the club.”
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