Wrexham AFC: Curtis Tilt will consider his options at end of the season


Richard Williams

CURTIS TILT is happy to wait until the end of the season before discussing his future.

Tilt, brought in from Telford United last summer, has had an impressive first season as a professional and a number of clubs were tracking the 25-year-old before the Football League transfer window closed.

Out of contract at the end of the campaign, Tilt has started the 30 games that guarantees him a new deal if he wants to sign it.

But Tilt is just focused on helping the Reds, beaten once in eight outings and up to 10th in the National League, continue their good run of form.

“There was interest in January which is a good thing for me, knowing people are noticing what you are doing on the pitch,” said Tilt. “That can only make you feel good.

“I have not really sat down and spoke to the gaffer yet about next season.  We are just looking at this season and said we will speak in a couple of weeks.”

Tilt has started every league game after missing the opening three matches through suspension.

This is his first season at this level and Tilt is pleased with how he has handled the step-up, but insists he can improve and has a lot to learn.

“I am happy with the way it is going,” said Tilt. “I have been happy with my game all season really.

“Some games I felt I need to get a little bit more consistent which I am going to do, I am going to push myself as much as I can.

“I have not been satisfied with every game, there is always something where I think I could have done better.”

Tilt, who has also played for Hednesford, Halesowen and Tipton Town, added: “This is my first season as a pro so there is definitely more to learn.

“No matter what age you are, you are always learning in life whatever career you are doing or whatever path you go down.

“I am here to learn and take on board what anyone says to me.”

Martin Riley has lined-up alongside Tilt in the centre of defence for the last 12 matches and he feels the duo, who helped Wrexham beat Solihull Moors 1-0 on Saturday, have struck up a superb partnership.

“Since me and Martin started playing consistently together I think we are growing as a pair,” said Tilt.

“And the back four has done well too. James Jennings missed Saturday’s game through injury but Mark Carrington has come in, he is quality and can play anywhere.

“It never really made a difference and I think we are becoming a good defensive unit.”

Wrexham registered just a third away win of the season at Solihull, and first since they beat Boreham Wood 1-0 on October 1.

A solid defensive display ensured Wrexham kept a 10th clean sheet of the campaign, but Tilt insists there should have been more shut-outs.

“We defended well,” said Tilt. “Obviously a clean sheet is always what we want to try and do.

“I feel like we could have had more this season, we have let some really stupid goals in that we should have defended.

“We keep conceding from set-pieces which we have got to try and tighten up on, and more clean sheets will come.”

Tilt believes ending the away day hoodoo is a big boost and he is targeting a second successive victory on the road at Braintree on Saturday.

“We definitely needed an away win,” said Tilt. “That has been our problem for the season, not performing away from home.

“We seem to be alright at home, we go away and seem to struggle for some reason. 

“I don’t know if it’s the crowd or the pitches but it is something that we have got to address.

“Saturday’s win will be a boost, we have got to try and get some consistency and get another three points away from home at Braintree, kick on and see where we end up.”

Manager Dean Keates expects more interest in Tilt when the current campaign comes to an end.

“Tilty has hit his marker and we will have a chat at the end of the season,” said Keates. “It wasn’t an automatic contract, it is Curtis’ choice basically.

“I think we will just be one of the football clubs that he speaks to.”

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