Notts County can go one better, says midfielder Gavin Mahon
NOTTS County can go one better this season, says midfielder Gavin Mahon.
The 35-year-old midfielder helped the Magpies finish in seventh place in League One in his first season at Meadow Lane.
And after agreeing a new one-year deal with the club this summer, the ex-Watford captain has now set his sights on the top-six and promotion to the Championship.
Notts kick off their campaign against newly-promoted Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road tomorrow.
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Mahon hopes they can pick up from where they left off last season because they were the in-form team in the division in the last three months, winning ten of their last 16 games under boss Keith Curle to surge up the table and just miss out on the play-offs on goal-difference.
"I really think we have got a half-decent chance," he said.
"I spoke to the gaffer a lot during the summer because we were trying to sort out my contract and he told me the players he wanted to bring in.
"I knew as soon as he said their names we would have a good chance of doing well if he got them and he has done.
"We've also kept our best players from last season too, our match-winners, our players with a lot of experience and a lot of character, which is good to see because we're going to need them if we're going to push for the top-six.
"Everything went right when the gaffer took over last season.
"He kept changing the team and system and sometimes that can backfire on you, but we kept winning games and climbing the table.
"It was hard to miss out on the play-offs, but we have got a good chance of doing better this time."
Curle has made several new signings in the summer to bolster his squad, bringing in the likes of Bartosz Bialkowski as the Magpies' new No.1 goalkeeper and strikers Enoch Showunmi, Yoann Arquin and Francois Zoko.
He has strengthened even more in midfield, signing Joss Labadie, Gary Liddle, Andre Boucaud and Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
They will now battle it out with Mahon, captain Neal Bishop, Alan Judge and Jeff Hughes for a place in the team.
"Midfield is the one key area we are really strong in," said Mahon.
"We have got some good midfielders, all with different attributes.
"Joss breaks play up and gets round the pitch, Lids has got legs in there and so has the skipper.
"Andre is a good signing too. He's good on the ball and we all know what we're going to get from Judge and Jeff. We're looking strong in there."
With Showunmi, Arquin, Zoko and Lee Hughes in attack, Mahon also believes the Magpies will score goals.
"The firepower is there," he said. "Hughesy is here, which is good news because we all know what we are going to get from him.
"If we can be solid and hard to break down we know we are always going to create chances to score goals."