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Porter: "I Wanted To Celebrate In Front Of The Fans Again"

26 May 2021

Chris Porter says he didn’t want to end his long career without playing in front of supporters again. The 37-year-old agreed a new 12-month extension to remain at the club to take him through to a fifth season since joining us on a free transfer from Colchester United.

The veteran striker had a mixed season last time out with injury keeping him out of action for the first 15 games. The Wigan-born Porter still managed to score 7 goals when acting as back-up to leading scorer Mikael Mandron.

Porter told the club’s official website: “Having the prospect of fans back was definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to play on. That would have been at Crewe or elsewhere.

“That is what you play for and the games have been very different without them. It has been nowhere as good without them.

“It is not the same when you score a goal or win and there is no-one to celebrate in front of. There is a lack of excitement when the supporters are not there and everyone is looking forward to them coming back for next season.”

Porter, who will be embarking on his 19th season as a professional footballer, expects some new faces to arrive at the club this summer and the vastly experienced forward with over 600 games under his belt says it always brings an element of excitement.

Porter said: “There have been a few lads leaving and they will be hard to replace because they are really good players. Pez and Pixie have gone to the Championship and I expect them to do really well.

“We have made a solid start to League One but being as successful or improving on that will depend on the players we are able to bring in this summer.”


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