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Rancine targets promotion after sealing new Forest Green deal

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Aarran Racine will line up as a Forest Green Rovers player for a fourth consecutive season with the defender having agreed a new one-year contract with the club.

The 23-year-old has put pen to paper to extend his stay at The New Lawn, which now makes him the longest serving member of the squad.

Having fought back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action until December 2014, he has featured heavily in the final few months of the campaign, helping steer us into our first ever Vanarama Conference play-off involvement.

He’s now delighted to have tied himself in to another year in Nailsworth as he looks to build on the team’s positive end to the 2014-15 campaign.

“With a relatively positive end to the season, although we didn’t get through the play-offs, it’s still a good finish for the club,” he said.

“I’m just happy to be here next year and hopefully push on and improve. I just want to play more games and stay fit – that’s me.

“Our minimum target next year is to get into the play-offs but we want to try and hopefully win the league – especially with the players we’ve got and what we have done this season.”

Racine’s new deal brings the total number of players contracted for the forthcoming campaign up to 17.

He made an impressive 19 league appearances following his return from injury, sparking up a positive central defensive partnership with January arrival, Charlie Clough.

He added: “With timings I thought I was quite fortunate. I came in because of injury and then I came back in again because of suspension.

“In that way I was quite lucky and fortunate but I was just happy to get the games under my belt and stay fit for the rest of the season which was a positive for me.

“If you look at this season at the beginning of the season it was pretty much a whole new squad and starting eleven we had. It does take time for the team to gel.

“But we finished the season strongly so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t start next season strongly.”

The former Southampton defender, who found the net three times this season, originally moved to The New Lawn in August 2012 after impressing in two trial matches against Wealdstone and Manchester United.

He will now report for pre-season training at the start of July with the rest of the squad.

Source: www.forestgreenroversfc.com


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