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Johnson agrees Notts County move

Michael Johnson
Johnson turns 35 in June (Getty)

Veteran defender Michael Johnson has agreed a one-year deal with Notts County after a successful loan spell at Meadow Lane.

Johnson, 34, joined on loan from Derby County in January and has played a big part in helping the club avoid relegation from League Two.

"I couldn't be more pleased," Magpies boss Ian McParland said.

"He is still a quality player with a tremendous knowledge of the game - and he's a superb influence."

Johnson, who will sign when his Rams contract expires in July, started his career at Meadow Lane and is delighted to be back.

He added: "It may or may not be my last year as a professional footballer but I'm definitely not looking to pick up some easy wages.

Ideally I want to see us mount a promotion challenge but we have to be realistic

Michael Johnson
"Everyone knows that it was always in my mind to come back and finish my career at Meadow Lane but I'm determined to do it in the right way.

"I like to think that I played my part in preventing us from slipping out of the League and now I want to be involved in moving us forward.

"Ideally, of course, I want to see us mount a promotion challenge but we have to be realistic.

"There's an awful lot that needs to change before Notts County get back to where we were and it's essential that people recognise that. Things won't change overnight."


see also
Johnson wants changes at Magpies
28 Apr 08 |  Notts County
Magpies clinch Johnson loan deal
01 Mar 08 |  Notts County


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