McParland ties up two more

Last updated : 06 May 2009 By Dane Vincent

Stephen Hunt and Ben Fairclough have been given another year to prove their worth after signing on the dotted line earlier today.

Both have seen their appearances limited for a number of reasons, which suggested that the pair could have followed the likes of Gavin Strachan and Richard Butcher out of the club.

Hunt has played just 13 times in all competitions, having spent much of the season sidelined with long-standing groin and ankle injuries.

The defender, however, played through the groin problem at the tail-end of last term to ensure that the Magpies survived the drop.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, McParland declared that it was not just his commitment that warranted a new contract.

He said: “Stephen Hunt has to wake up and smell the coffee, and realise his potential.

"He's got a great left foot, he's quick, he's strong and he can head it.

“He's had injury problems but now he has to prove the potential he's got."

Notts’ boss also expressed why he felt Fairclough deserved more time to prove his worth.

He added: “He’s still got a way to go but he's got enthusiasm and he can get hold of the ball as well."

County now have 10 players signed up for the new campaign but are still sweating over Myles Weston who is yet to sign.