Cheltenham Town: Promotion would increase chances of Marlon Pack staying
MARLON Pack has put all thoughts about his future to one side while he concentrates on helping Cheltenham Town win promotion this season.
But the 21-year-old admitted there would be far more chance of him considering a new contract at Whaddon Road in the summer if the club had made the step up to League One.
They can take a significant step toward achieving that goal with a win at promotion rivals Burton Albion today (3pm).
Pack thought he had signed for League One Swindon Town on January 31, only for the deal to collapse due to the ongoing takeover by a new consortium at the County Ground.
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Since it became clear the move was not going to happen Pack has forced his way back into Mark Yates' starting XI, producing some of the best form of his young career so far.
He said it was a relief to be able to focus on football again.
"No decisions have been made about anything since the (Swindon) saga, but I am not bothered about anything else apart from playing at the moment," Pack said.
"I believe things happen for a reason and I am back playing now, we are on a decent run and things are looking up.
"You have to think about your future carefully and assess all options, but sometimes you don't have much time to think about things so you go with your gut instinct.
"The main reason for me leaving was to play higher so if Cheltenham went up it would certainly give me something more to think about."
Pack made one substitute appearance in the Championship for home club Portsmouth before their then boss Steve Cotterill decided he was not up to the required standard and let him leave Fratton Park.
But Pack has a burning desire to climb back up to that standard of football and prove Cotterill wrong.
"I'd like to think I'll get a chance to test myself at least in the Championship, although the Premier League is obviously the dream," Pack said.
"I still have a lot to learn and improve on, but I'll keep working hard and keep my head down.
"No disrespect, but I've seen some players step up to the Championship from the lower leagues and there is no reason why I can't do it too.
"I think I might have got a chance at Portsmouth if there had been a different manager there at the time because I'd played a season on loan at Cheltenham and done well and Portsmouth had gone down to League One.
"But it happened and I had to get on with it and I have loved playing for Cheltenham and the improvement we have made over the last year and a half."