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Pack: Unfinished business means I'll give my all to the cause

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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MARLON Pack wants to "finish off the job" at Cheltenham Town if he remains with the club until the end of the season.

The creative midfielder thought he had signed for Swindon Town on January 31, but the Football League refused to sanction the move due to the League One's club on-going takeover.

Boss Mark Yates is now hoping to retain the 21-year-old, who has been one of the main reasons for Cheltenham's rapid progress since 2010.

Pack admitted it has been a difficult period of uncertainty, but he said it would be business as usual during the remaining 14 matches of the promotion push if he sees out the last four-and-a-half months of his contract.

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"When the move to Swindon was first mentioned I said to the gaffer that in a way it was a shame because I wanted to finish the job off here, even though we've been successful already," Pack said.

"Missing out on promotion last season still hurts and that's always in the back of my mind so it would be great to get promoted with Cheltenham.

"You can't beat promotion at my age after having come through at the club from a young age and matured as a player here."

Pack made his first start since the Swindon approach was made public in Tuesday night's 2-1 victory at Southend United.

He scored the opening goal from the penalty spot and was influential alongside Jason Taylor as Cheltenham returned to the top three.

"For some reason I felt I had a point to prove on Tuesday," Pack said.

"I could see from the bench where I could have had an influence in the previous couple of games and I just wanted to play.

"The gaffer could have left me out again and it probably wasn't easy for him to pick me, but I was happy with how it went."

Yates is still resigned to losing Pack at the end of the season, whether it be to Swindon or another club, and Pack said something would be wrong if he did not want to further his career and play as high as possible.

"I think I proved at Southend that I just want to get on with my football," Pack said.

"The last couple of weeks have been hard, but it won't affect me and if I stay so be it, I'll be happy to.

"I haven't said at any point I want to leave the club, but I do want to play higher as every player should.

"I think questions would be asked if I wasn't ambitious and I am still only 21. I will keep playing it day by day and if picked I will keep doing my best for Cheltenham."

Pack rubbished claims that his form this season has been affected by the departure of Luke Summerfield, who joined Shrewsbury Town last summer.

"I am not denying that my consistency levels have not been as good this year," he said. "But I think it's about the pressure you put yourself under after a very good season last year.

"I am in the spotlight more now and when I am not playing particularly well it probably looks worse. I did have a good relationship with Luke on the pitch and he's a quality player, so we have missed him, but it's rubbish if anyone thinks that's affected my game.

"The quality we have in midfield now is very high for League Two so we shouldn't have any problems at all."

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