Pond agrees new Town deal

Nathan Pond
Nathan Pond

Nathan Pond will remain at Fleetwood Town having agreed a new deal with the club.

The defender, who has been at Highbury since 2003, has signed a 12-month extension to his contract.

That puts Pond in a position to potentially break Percy Ronson’s appearance record for the club - the 30-year-old is currently 30 games behind the Fleetwood legend

Town boss Graham Alexander feels Pond’s decision to agree a new contract will be a boost to his squad as they prepare for their second season in League One.

The manager believes Pond and Stephen Jordan, who agreed a new deal with the Club on Sunday, will continue their impressive partnership in central defence.

He said: “One of our major strengths last season was our defensive qualities, and both Stevie and Pondy along with Mark Roberts played massive parts.

“The reason we wanted Pondy to stay was because we believe he’s a very good centre half, and I still think there’s more to come from him.

“He’s got a fantastic reputation around the town and the club and for good reason, but he’s a very good professional and we want him to progress next year.

“Last year was his first season as a League One player and we think there’s more to come, so to get him signed up is a big one for us.”

Alexander is counting on Jordan and Pond to bring some much-needed experience to his new look squad.

He said:“He can take on a role that is an example to all the other players at the club, because if you train well and look after yourself then you get your rewards.

“Him and Stevie will be the most experienced players in that squad next season, so they’ve got big roles to fill really.

“It’s not just on the playing side but also as in leading the squad of young players that we have to constantly improve.”