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Survival The Only Option For JCR

9 April 2014

Winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce feels that Notts County must complete The Great Escape, as so many people’s futures are on the line.

Notts head into the final five fixtures three points adrift of safety and ideally need to achieve 10 more points to remain in Sky Bet League 1 for the new season. 

Relegation is not an option for Campbell-Ryce, who is eager to continue the Magpies’ push for safety with three more points against Port Vale on Saturday (3.07 kick-off). 

“For me personally, I’m out of contract so when I cross that white line I’m not only representing the club but myself as well,” he said. 

“Notts County might not offer me a contract for next season so I’ve got to prove myself to other people.

“There’s so many people’s jobs - ours as well - and if you get relegated, not many people want to touch you. 

“People around the club and the backroom staff, they may lose their jobs because of less money coming into the club.

“It’s a domino effect so we’re the ones responsible.

“There’s a lot of pressure but that’s the reality of it, so we’ve got to take responsibility and dig ourselves out of it.”

A lot of talk has been about The Great Escape but Campbell-Ryce has paid no notice to the off-field campaigns. 

“We’ve got no time to be speaking about Great Escapes and all the rest of it, we’re serious, we know what we’ve got to do and we’re fully focused,” he continued. 

“Most of the season people have been writing us off but we still believe in ourselves.

“We’ve got to be realistic because we’re in a relegation scrap.

“For us in the changing room, there’s no time for that and this is people’s livelihoods. 

“That’s not just ourselves, it’s the whole club and it all rests on us.”

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