Fletcher looks to new era
Darren Fletcher believes that his new four-year deal at Man Utd will allow him to see in a new era.
Last Updated: 04/03/11 5:36pm
Darren Fletcher believes that his new four-year deal at Manchester United will see him take part in a new era at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a new contract with the Premier League leaders on Friday in a deal that will keep him at the club until 2015.
The Scotland captain is aware that, by that time, the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes will have left the club, paving the way for a new era of United players.
Now considered one of the old guard at 27, Fletcher is comfortable with his position at the club, with a new deal allowing him to take a senior position in the future.
"I am confident in the ability we have got and the experience we have gained," he said.
"Players like Giggs, Scholes and Neville will never be replaced because they are greats of the game.
"But you hope a new wave can create their own history and have their own achievements.
"I believe in the ability of these players. The drive and determination to do it is definitely there."
Fletcher was quick to pay tribute to the achievements of the likes of Giggs and Scholes, players he looked up to when he first joined the United ranks as a youngster.
"There are people here who act as inspirations, not only with what they do on the pitch but also the manner in which they conduct themselves," said Fletcher.
"We look up to them and want to follow in their footsteps.
"If any of us can get even close to their careers and be fortunate to play for this great club for half as long, you would be doing ever so well and could count yourself very lucky."
Fletcher now possesses a reputation as one of the more tenacious and highly-rated midfielders in the world, making his early career seem a long time ago.
The Scot moved to Manchester to join the club's youth system, leaving his home and family behind at an early age.
"It was hard to come down from Scotland," he admitted. "I was 15 and leaving your family behind. I thought I was a big man but I was still a young boy and the club needed to look after me.
"Fortunately, everything was in place for me to get a real education in football and it has been a great experience. The time since has flown by.
"There have been so many high points but lows as well. They are the ones that give you strength and determination to go on and achieve more.
"I have loved every minute. There is no place I would rather be."