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Sarll on Gray's new deal, MK Dons clash

2 October 2017

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Ahead of Tuesday’s short trip to Milton Keynes, Darren Sarll spoke about the new contract awarded to young striker, Jamie Gray.

Gray has made four appearances for the club this season and Sarll says he has a bright future.

“Jamie really deserves that contract; he has worked very hard and there is a consistency to his professionalism now that wasn’t there a year ago. Because of that we feel he deserves to be another stage up contractually and be rewarded like everyone should if they do a good job.

“I think he has done terrific. He is exactly what we are all about, a young player with lots of potential.

“He has a terrific future with us and hopefully we can be a platform for him to have really great career and life for himself. So he is exactly what we are about and I think that has been showcased at the moment in the starting eleven and also on the bench. “

Stevenage travel to Milton Keynes on Tuesday for the second Checkatrade Trophy group stage game of the season after the defeat to Oxford United in August.

Having named the same starting XI in each of the past three games, Sarll says that tomorrow night’s game could see some changes.

“It is a chance to mix it up, whether or not we do is another matter. I have got to say though, one of the many highlights of last week was watching training on Thursday morning with the boys who hadn’t played Tuesday.

"They were absolutely ferocious in their training session and it just showcased the culture we have got at the club.

“I would love to be able to give an opportunity to the boys who haven’t had many chances as of late. Not only to reward their hard work but we have also got to try and find a balance between the preservation of a fairly thin squad - especially when it comes to experienced players - giving young players an opportunity, but also being competitive and trying to win the game.

“This competition finishes at Wembley and we want to be competitive but we need to make sure we utilise our depth as best as we can.”

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