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Michael Doyle underlines clear stance on Notts County future

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Notts County midfielder Michael Doyle has insisted that he will stay at Meadow Lane next season, regardless of whether the Magpies find themselves playing in the National League.

The 37-year old signed for County from Coventry City in the latter stages of the January transfer window, just seven months after captaining the Sky Blues to a League Two play-off final victory, after beating Notts in the semi-finals.

But the Magpies have been on a downward slope ever since their play-off defeat, with Neal Ardley’s men sitting rock bottom of League Two, two points adrift of safety with just three games left to play this term.

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However, speaking after County’s 2-1 home defeat to MK Dons on Good Friday, Doyle insisted that he will stay at Notts regardless of which division they find themselves in next season, with 12 months still left on his current deal at Meadow Lane.

Via the Nottingham Post, he said“I have a contract to be here next season, so I will be here – I haven’t come here just to have a little tilt at it and then give up.”

“For me, it’s important that we don’t even look at next season, I don’t even want to think about that possibility.”

County are at real risk of losing their prestigious World’s Oldest Football League Club status, and have just three games left to save their season ahead of a crunch match against Crawley Town on Easter Monday.

The Verdict

I think it would be a real coup if County were able to keep hold of Doyle, even if they found themselves playing in the National League next season.

He hasn’t been at his best in recent weeks, but on his day, he is still a very good player at League Two level, who possesses experience of getting out of League Two with Portsmouth and Coventry.

He may be 37, but the experience he will provide in the dressing room is beneficial, and it is what they have been missing since the likes of Alan Smith and Shola Ameobi left last season.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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