Danny Whitaker admits that he is delighted to be just one game away from his 400th in a Macclesfield Town shirt.
The midfielder began his career at the Silkmen in 2001 and made his debut early in 2002 in a 2-1 home defeat against Exeter City. He was awarded a new contract at the end of that season and, eventually, stayed with the club until 2006 when he departed for Port Vale.
However, after his spell at Vale Park ended, he would enjoy spells at Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield before returning to Moss Rose in August 2013.
Since then he has been virtual ever-present in the Macclesfield squad and played a key role in the side that travelled to Wembley at the end of last season.
Ahead of this potential milestone, Whitaker told Silkmen TV that he is delighted to reach such a landmark at a club he has a high affection for.
“Obviously, it depends if I’m selected,” he said, “but it’s a nice landmark to reach.
“It’s incredible to reach that many appearances for one club. I started my career here, so, I hold the whole place in high regard and it’s just a brilliant achievement when I start to think about it.
“If someone had told me all them years ago that I’d have played here for 10 years and made that many appearances I wouldn’t have believed it.
“I came back at a later stage in my career and to have played as many games as I have done, second time around, is incredible as well. I’m getting a little bit older in footballing terms – so it’s nice to be playing, keeping fit and contributing to the team.”
Danny was speaking ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Guiseley, a game that he says will be a tough one for his team.
“It’ll be tough. Every game is in this league, home and away. So, we’ve got to be on it from the off.
“The lads will be full of confidence going into it though, we’ll need to make sure that we keep doing what we did against Aldershot and look to get a similar result.
“Hopefully we’ll get three points.”
By Steven Dale.