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MAGPIES: Jermyn aims to stay at Avenue
MARK Jermyn has every intention of staying at the Avenue Stadium for as long as the Magpies want him.
The 32-year-old broke the club’s all-time appearance record last Saturday and ideally wants to continue playing for the club for the rest of his career.
When asked about the milestone, Jermyn told Echosport: “It’s a great personal achievement and something I have always wanted to get to.
“I have been at the club a long time and to be honest it was just a case of as and when, and if I could stick it out.
“Thankfully things have worked out in my favour. We had a good season last year and I do not intend on going anywhere at the moment. As long as the club still want me, I will be here.”
Jermyn has made 586 outings in 13 years for the county town so far and has even hinted at perhaps managing the side at some point in the future.
He added: “I love it here and certainly don’t want to leave anytime soon.
“Whether things evolve and I change roles at some point remains to be seen.
“If something comes up in the future then who knows?”
Jermyn’s record-breaking moment was made even sweeter with a first victory of the campaign against Chelmsford City in Skrill South – a huge result which he hopes will prove the turning point in the club’s season.
He said: “The fact we have lost some players since the end of last season has been well documented and there is no doubt that morale was down when they left.
“We have still got very good players at this club though, and now it’s time for us to kick on again.
“The Chelmsford win was much needed and as long as everyone keeps pulling together then I am sure we will start climbing the table soon.”
Jermyn is also adamant his own performances will continue to get sharper after carry an injury at the start of the season. He continued: “I wouldn’t say I was 100 per cent at the moment, more like 95, because I lost a lot of fitness.
“I felt really fit at the start of pre-season but I then suffered an impact injury to my knee which really held me back.
“It was one of those that just needed time for the swelling to come out and it did take quite a while.
“Playing when you are not 100 per cent is always difficult but with players having left it was clear I was needed due to the size of the squad.”
The Magpies will host Shortwood United in FA Cup action on Saturday. And after reaching the second round last year, Jermyn is hoping the competition will help bring in the crowds.
He said: “It doesn’t help us when people don’t turn out, both in a financial way and a playing sense.
“It’s great when people come out during the good times but we need them here during the tougher times too.
“Recently our crowds have dropped at a time when we need them the most, and I just hope that starts to change soon.
“In periods like this we need everyone pulling together.”
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