When Nathan Pond first joined Fleetwood Town in 2003, the club were playing in the North West Counties League First Division.The 30-year-old has won six promotions with the Cod Army since then, and is now looking forward to another Sky Bet League 1 season at Highbury after signing a contract extension.
“I'm very happy to extend my stay at Fleetwood Town,” he reflected to Fleetwood's official website. “It's going to be another exciting season for the club.
“Experience is key at any level and I will have to set an example to the younger lads in the squad. I’m looking forward to it.”
The defender made 29 appearances in 2014/15, forming a centre-back partnership with Stephen Jordan as the Cod Army finished 10th on their maiden voyage in Sky Bet League 1.
Jordan has also agreed a new deal at the club, and manager Graham Alexander believes the duo will be key men in his squad. The boss also believes Pond is still progressing as a player.
“One of our major strengths last season was our defensive qualities, and both Stevie and Pondy along with Mark Roberts played massive parts,” Alexander said.
“The reason we wanted Pondy to stay was because we believe he’s a very good centre half, and I still think there’s more to come from him.
“He’s got a fantastic reputation around the town and the club and for good reason, but he’s a very good professional and we want him to progress next year.
“Last year was his first season as a League 1 player and we think there’s more to come, so to get him signed up is a big one for us.”