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Coles has no qualms in signing new Exeter City deal

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 26, 2012

Exeter City captain Danny Coles is delighted to agree a new deal picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Danny Coles had no hesitation in pledging his future to Exeter City when the offer of a new deal came his way.

The Grecians' skipper has been an ever present this season and with manager Paul Tisdale beginning a new cycle, in terms of his team, he saw the popular Bristolian as a key element in his plans for the future.

The new deal is richly deserved for the 31-year-old, whose future in the game looked in serious doubt some seven months ago, when he suffered a serious spinal injury after a freak training ground collision with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

"It has been a long year for me with the injury and stuff, so I am chuffed to bits to get a new deal," Coles said. "To get back playing and to get a new deal is great and I jumped at the opportunity to be honest with you.

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"I think I have come back in this season and been consistent with my performances. The manager has felt it was a good time to reward me, so I was delighted."

Coles joins first-year professional Jordan Moore-Taylor in committing their future to the club this week after the 18-year-old penned a long-term deal on Tuesday.

Coles, though, is at the other end of the spectrum and believes that he would have been stupid not to have agreed terms on a new deal with the Grecians.

"Obviously, my deal was going to run out at the end of this season and it's been renewed quite early, but I've always been in a situation where I have renewed, I have never got to a summer and been completely out of contract," Coles added.

"With the way football is at the minute, I can't imagine that is a good situation and I have quite a few friends that have gone out of football and they struggle to get a club.

"There are players I was with at Bristol City who are scratching around getting contracts from month-to-month here and there. You have to take contracts when they are offered to you.

"I have a family, which I need to provide for and to be offered a new deal – I wasn't going to think twice about it to be honest."

Coles has made 51 appearances in all competitions after joining on a free transfer from Bristol Rovers in June 2011. Tisdale made him his captain after David Noble's departure to Rotherham and Coles is looking forward to leading the club in the future.

"I love it down here," he said. "It's a fantastic club and I have settled in really well. The management and the coaching staff are a massive part as to why I wanted to stay and we have a great set of lads here.

"There are also people behind the scenes that do everything they can to make the players happy and it is an all round, good club.

"I have the utmost respect for Paul. He is a fantastic manager and he obviously sees me as an integral part and I am really proud of that.

"There are a lot of players here that would probably be captain and the fact he has chosen me is something I am really proud of."

Coles is now determined to reverse City's fortunes on the field, where they have failed to win in any of their last four encounters.

A three-match losing run was ended with a draw at Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, but the Grecians hope to go one better against high-flying Cheltenham Town tomorrow.

"It is massive that we get back to winning ways and we want to do it ASAP," he said. "We took a step in the right direction at Dagenham on Tuesday and we are coming up against a good team in Cheltenham on Saturday, but we have shown in previous games that we are more than capable of getting a result.

"We don't want the pack to get away from us, we need to start winning games to keep there or thereabouts because we don't want to be playing catch up. The sooner we start winning, the better.

"If you look at the table, we could jump up quite a few places, so we have to be positive. The league is incredibly tight and it is only Gillingham and Port Vale that are pulling clear and Gillingham lost the other night, so hopefully they can hit a bad spell.

"If we can get our bad spell out the way now, then come the end of the season, hopefully that will bode well for us."

Tisdale was delighted to nail down the signature of the experienced former Bristol City, Hull City and Bristol Rovers stopper adding: "I think it is essential that we offer a contract to any player who I see – or we see – as being a fundamental part of how we progress over the next couple of seasons.

"We are trying to develop a team and it is great that Danny has committed to us because he is integral to what we are doing and he is our captain, which should mean something and he has played every game this season.

"He looks fit and strong and wants to do well for the team, so I am prepared that he is happy to commit beyond this season."

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