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Connell Rawlinson: "My heart will always be with Notts County"


Connell Rawlinson has expressed his delight at signing a new two-year deal with Notts County and says he is ready to challenge for the League Two title next season.

The 31-year-old defender, who joined the Magpies in 2019, was a key part of the side that won promotion from the National League via the play-offs last month.

Rawlinson said he never had any doubts about staying at Meadow Lane and that he feels a strong connection with the club and its fans.

"I'm over the moon," he told Notts County. "It was a no-brainer for me – I was never looking to go anywhere else.

"I’m lucky to have played for such a great club over the last four years, and I’m so grateful and happy to have experienced its rise back into the English Football League.

"I feel a real sense of belonging to this club and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to stay.

"I’ve got a loyalty and dedication to Notts - and I like that. My heart will always be here."

Rawlinson admitted that winning promotion at Wembley was the highlight of his career and that he was overcome with emotion after Cedwyn Scott's decisive penalty.

"It felt like the weight of the world came off our shoulders when that ball crossed the line," he said. "The pressure was immense, both from the fans who travelled in amazing numbers and from loved ones in the stadium who were desperate for us to win.

"It was a dream come true. I could almost have retired there and then, that’s how big a moment it was. I don’t think anything will ever top it."

The former Port Vale man also praised manager Luke Williams for being the "final piece of the puzzle" in Notts' quest for promotion and said he believes the club is well-equipped to compete in League Two.

"In my opinion, the club is all set to go again next season," he said. "We’ve got a beautiful stadium, massive fanbase, great training facilities – it’s set up to be a League One club, if not Championship.

"I’ll be coming back in for pre-season with the mindset of challenging for the league title. When you look at what Stockport so nearly achieved in League Two this year, I think we have to be confident."

Rawlinson also revealed his personal ambition of reaching 200 appearances for Notts, having already made 156 since his arrival.

"In the modern game, I think if you can reach 200 appearances for a club it’s a really good achievement," he said.

"I’m not going to be around forever, and I like the idea of being able to stamp my family name into the history of such a big club. It’s something I’m going to really push for."

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What a legend! Rawlo deserves this new deal more than anyone. He’s been a rock at the back for us and a leader on and off the pitch. Can’t wait to see him in action in League Two next season. Come on you Pies!

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Delighted for Connell, he’s been brilliant for us since he joined. He’s one of our own now and I’m sure he’ll give his all to get us to League One. He’s got the passion and the quality that we need. Well done Rawlinson!

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Rawlinson is a class act, both as a player and as a person. He’s always been loyal and dedicated to Notts and he deserves this reward. He’s been a key part of our success and I’m sure he’ll continue to be. He’s got the experience and the mentality to help us challenge for the title next season.

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i have nothing but respect for connell rawlinson, he has played his part in getting us back up and i love that he wants to go again and aim for promotion.

how is throws himself into dangerous situations without a thought, carries on even when he's picked up head injuries shows his dedication. its time we as fans cut him some slack and stop criticizing him for being slow etc.

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So happy for Connell, he’s earned this new contract with his performances and his attitude. He’s been a solid defender for us and a great captain. He’s shown his love for the club and the fans and we love him back. He’s got the ambition and the ability to help take us to the next level.

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Brilliant news, Connell is a top player and a top bloke. He’s been a vital part of our team and our club. He’s shown his respect and his gratitude to Notts and he deserves this opportunity. He’s got the skill and the personality to inspire us to success next season.

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I'm happythat Connell Rawlinson has decided to commit to the club for another two seasons. It's brilliant news for Luke Williams as it adds valuable depth to our roster. Not to mention, we've got the versatile Richard Brindley, who can cover in the centre-back department when needed. It looks like our squad is really taking shape as we move forward. Fingers crossed those other offers get signed swiftly so we can bolster the team with a few fresh faces. Exciting times ahead, indeed!

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