Maxwell hungers for Wembley return

Chris Maxwell celebrates at Wembley
Chris Maxwell celebrates at Wembley

Goalkeeper Chris Maxwell believes Fleetwood Town can enjoy promotion again after penning a new two-year-deal.

The 23-year-old Welshman committed his future to the Highbury club this week.

And he made it clear he believes Town’s incredible journey is far from over – having helped them secure a place in League One for the forthcoming campaign

“There’s no better feeling than winning at Wembley ... other than doing it again,” said Maxwell.

“It’s very much in our reach to do that again. It’s what we want.

“With a couple of good additions and with the fantastic backing of the chairman, the support of the manager, the staff and the players we’ve got, it’s going to be a fantastic season.”

Maxwell’s new contract keeps him with Fleetwood until 2016.

And the former Wales U21 stopper, who joined from Wrexham in the summer of 2012, made it clear he had no intention to walk away.

He said: “It was such a relief to get the contract sorted in good time, and now I can look forward to the last couple of weeks of summer and really prepare for next season. I always wanted to stay at this club.

“I went on holiday literally the day after the season finished, and since then I’ve been with family and stuff, so it’s only in the last few days I’ve been able to get myself sorted.

“The gaffer, the chairman and the club have been very good to me.

“I’m glad it’s all sorted and there’s nothing to worry about other than being in the best possible shape I can be when we come back in July.”

Maxwell kept 11 clean sheets in 22 appearance for Fleetwood last season, having only made his debut in February.

Prior to that he’d managed 17 clean sheets for Cambridge United, where he spent the first half of the season on loan.

Maxwell admitted his path to the Fleetwood first team hadn’t been easy – the stopper was also loaned back to his former club Wrexham the previous season.

Now he’s hoping for an extended run, despite pressure from home-town boy Scott Davies.

“It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years,” said Maxwell.

“You look back at Wrexham last year, with a couple of Wembley appearances, and Cambridge at the start of last season.

“Then there was a fantastic six months here.

“I’m hoping it’s going to continue and hoping for good things to come.”

And the keeper made it clear his only mission is to play regular first-team football.

He said:”I just want to play, to play every game and be part of a winning team again.

“Since day one, when I first came, here I’ve said I’m here to play. That’s all I want to do.

“I don’t care about anything else that goes on in football. All I do and enjoy is playing football.

“I’ve been doing it since the age of nine and I don’t want it to ever change.”

And he thinks that under manager Graham Alexander Town are well prepared for the challenges that await, with Fleetwood preparing to face the likes of Sheffield United and Preston North End in the third tier.

Maxwell said: “I don’t think it’s anything the team can’t cope with. You saw it last season in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

“The teams we were beating were from League One and were no different to what we’ll expect to come up against next season.

“With a couple of additions I can’t see why we won’t be up there in League One.”