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Triple boost for Notts County after a tough and frustrating season

After a long season, and crashing out of the play-offs in dramatic style, the magpies now look to rebuild for the upcoming 2021/22 Season. 

It was made official by Notts County earlier this week that they would keep popular midfielder Michael Doyle. 

However, he would now be the head coach to assist Ian Burchnall for the important season ahead. 

The Irishman, who is also registered as a player, landed the role at the back end of last season after the dismissal of Maurice Ross. 

He finds himself in a positive place to take Notts County forward alongside Burchnall. 

The Magpies then confirmed a new two-year deal for shot-stopper Sam Slocombe. 

This is really good news for Notts as their number 1 had offers coming from higher up the footballing pyramid, with strong sources linking him to former assistant manager Neil Cox's strong Scunthorpe side. 

The shot-stopper faced 120 shots last year in the National League, saving 85 of them and with a kicking accuracy of 90 percent. 

You can tell he will be a massive backbone for the Magpies as they push for promotion back into the Football League.

Sam Slocombe is well known for his honesty towards Notts County. 

In his interview, after the news was broken towards the chuffed Notts fans, he said “When I came to Notts County, the project was to get us back to the Football League. 

"This hasn’t happened yet so I’m grateful to the fans and to the owner, alongside the management team, for letting me carry on this project.” 

These comments were music to the Notts fans' ears as many thought he had played his final game in a black and white shirt.  

And then came another huge boost as fan favourite and hugely important Connell Rawlinson also put pen to paper on a new two-year deal for the Magpies. 

A real warrior who puts his head in front of anything that comes his way, Rawlinson extended his stay at Meadow Lane as he wants to take the mighty Magpies back to League Two. 

“To play for Notts County, for what will hopefully be four years of my career, will be an honour for me," he said.

Rawlinson, who is well known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, plays on the right in a three at the back under Ian Burchnall. 

The Notts boss has revealed that Rawlinson will more than likely play in the centre of a back three and be part of the spine of the team.

It is with huge significance that Notts got his signature as he is the sort of player that is needed in the National League.

The fact that the Magpies have kept hold of such a top player has reignited hope in the Notts fans.

Indeed, over a thousand season tickets have been sold within the first 24 hours of being on sale.

Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss the pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2021/2022 National League Season.

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After losing Jake Reeve, which now in hindsight always seemed to be the case - what with Neal Ardley being sacked and the single year deal.

I think retaining Sam Slocombe and Connell Rawlinson gave the club a boost, plus eased the minds of the fans who might have felt their would be a mass exodus from Meadow Lane. Michael Doyle also agreeing to become head coach is a big thing, although I believe he had already started his coaching badges with us - so that seemed highly likely but nonetheless its great news.

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