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Chester FC: Ben Heneghan not ruling out remaining with Blues beyond this season

England C international, whose deal expires in the summer, believes playing week in, week out has been significant to his progress

IAN COOPER Ben Heneghan has been in superb form so far this season for Chester FC
Ben Heneghan has been in excellent form for the Blues over the 2015-16 campaign

England C defender Ben Heneghan has hinted he could be willing to sign a new contract with Chester FC.

Since arriving in August 2014 after being released from Premier League club Stoke City, the 22-year-old has developed into one of non-league's most consistent and impressive centre-backs.

His performances for the Blues have drawn attention from clubs in England and Scotland with Fleetwood Town, Hibernian and Motherwell among those believed to have dispatched scouts to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Heneghan signed a new deal towards the end of last season which expires this summer and said he was open to the idea of extending that.

"I'm enjoying it at Chester and I'm playing every week which is what I think players need," said Heneghan.

"With so many games left I've just got to keep playing as well as I can and then see what happens.

"I had a bit of a rough patch I suppose earlier in the season but I'm back to where I should be and I just want to get better and better each game so I've got to concentrate on putting in the hard work."

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Heneghan has been in the Ukraine this week where he helped England C beat their hosts 2-0 in Kiev in an International Challenge Trophy fixture.

He was back training with the Blues on Thursday morning and with two games over the Easter weekend against Barrow and Guiseley, his focus now is ensuring Chester pick up the points needed to banish those lingering relegation fears once and for all.

"I've had very good week with England C getting a 2-0 win and it was a great experience somewhere I've not been before," he said.

"These are two massive games and we need to win them both and need to get the points on the board, it's as simple as.

"With the disappointment of the weekend, as hard as it is, we need to put it behind us and move on.

Terry Marland Ben Heneghan heads in the winner against Eastleigh earlier this season
Ben Heneghan heads in the winner against Eastleigh earlier this season

"We've got to get a couple of wins to make sure we don't get dragged into it so the whole team needs to stick together now and push on.

"We're a young squad but we have got quality in there. If we had a bit more experience then maybe we'd be doing better but it always depends on the players and I think we're good enough. I know we can do it which is the most frustrating thing about the season.

"Barrow are on a good run but we've got to give it to them. We need to play our football, be strong in the middle and play how we know we can because when we do that we can open teams up.

"Guiseley will be another tough game and we need to give it to them as well. From playing them earlier on in the season we know what they are about but as long as we play to our strengths I'm sure we can take the points."

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