Danny Rowe says that he can’t wait to play in the National League with AFC Fylde after signing a new two-year deal at the Coasters.
The 28-year old has committed his future to Fylde after scoring 117 goals in three seasons including 50 goals last term as Fylde won the National League North title by six points.
Next season will be Fylde’s first ever year in the fifth division of English football and Rowe expressed his excitement at securing his future at Mill Farm.
“I’m buzzing to have got this new contract sorted,” said Rowe. “The club’s just risen to the highest level it’s ever been at and I’m really looking forward to spending the next few years of my career here.
“The club are really going places and I’m really glad to be here for their first ever season in the National League. It’s a big year for the club and a big year for the players so that we can test ourselves as see how we can do in the year above.
“I wouldn’t really say how many goals I’m expecting to score next season. The National League is very different league to last year and the standards are a lot higher this year. My aim is just to score as many as I can and see how the club can progress.
“My message for the fans is to make sure you look forward to the season ahead. No-one really knows what to expect but we’re really looking forward to how it’s going to go.”
Coasters manager Dave Challinor brought Rowe to the club in 2014 and also stated his delight at seeing last season’s National League North Player of the Season sign a new deal.
“There’s been a little bit of speculation about him and interest from other clubs so it’s great that he has signed a new contract with us. I suppose it’s a reward for what he achieved last year and it’s really difficult to replace players who have scored the amount of goals he has.
“Granted there will be a challenge to him in terms of him stepping up and doing it at a higher level. I think that, as is the case with lots of forwards, if you’re a goalscorer you’ll score goals at all levels. It was a case of getting something done to keep him focused and make sure he knows that he’s a really important part of what we want to do.
“The hardest thing in the game is putting the ball in the back of the net and we managed to do that over a hundred times as a team last year. Rowey was part of nearly half of them with the goals he scored and the goals he created so that’s massively important.
“The chairman has made a big investment in terms of rewarding him for what he achieved last season. We don’t want to let our best players go as we still want to achieve next year. Rowey signing a new contract makes a statement that we want to be looked at as serious contenders.
“We know it will be a really tough challenge but we go into the new season full of optimism and hopefully next season will be a really successful one.”