Date: 24th June 2014 at 8:16pm
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Fresh from signing his two year contract extension at the club yesterday, 20 year old Josh Windass has said he’s looking forward to a bright and successful Accrington Stanley future now.

Having made his breakthrough in the first team in the second half of the season, playing more regularly by the end of the campaign, he told the Official Site that he was delighted that manager James Beattie wanted him to stay at the club, and now he was looking forward to developing as a player much further and playing a greater role for us in the coming seasons.

‘The gaffer’s been massive in my decision. He had a lot of faith in me, even when I wasn’t playing last year and he was pulling me in and telling me to keep working hard. At the beginning of last season he told me I wasn’t working as hard as he thought I could. That was a reality check for me because I thought I was working hard. Obviously I wasn’t! From there I just kick on.’

Following that little pep talk Windass says he feels like it clicked for him, he was better in training, he felt fitter and more confident given all the work he was doing, and ultimately it paid off as Beattie brought him more and more into the match day squad.

‘I’m looking forward to the season. We need some new signings as there aren’t that many players in the squad at the moment as people like Danny Webber have left and Kayode Odejayi doesn’t look like he’s coming back. I’m looking forward to seeing new faces.’

For Windass this summer is a marked difference from last year, because last year it was all about impressing on trial to be given a chance to try and impress, this summer he’s coming back wanting to impress to get a first team role, so there’s a lot less pressure this time round, because he already knows he can do a job for us and he’s enjoyed his 12 months at the club already so it’s more a case of ‘home’ rather than trying to find one.

He also thinks that lack of pressure, knowing where he’ll be and knowing he’s wanted, should make a good difference to his performances because he’s more relaxed and focused purely on his football rather than his future.