Dom Roma is staying with Gainsborough Trinity to help them challenge in the top half of the table, after a ‘learning curve’ last season.
The right-back, one of Trinity’s most experienced players, turned down offers from North Ferriby United and Harrogate to stay on the Northolme.
He revealed that the senior players at the club had no intention of scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the Conference North in 2014/15.
“I spoke to Housh and Stampy and a few of the directors before the season finished and expressed that the senior lads wanted to be pushing on and getting in the top half of the table.”
“We’re all still ambitious, we want to be up there, putting on a good show for the fans.”
The former Sheffield United man said his decision to return was a straight forward one, in a more settled summer than 2013, when the Blues faced life without owner Peter Swann.
“It was probably a bit easier, knowing that Housh knows his budget and who he wants to bring in,” he said.
“I had offers from North Ferriby and Harrogate and a couple of teams in the league below. I weighed them up, but I didn’t want to leave Gainsborough.”
“There are quite a few senior lads that want to stay and help them progress – myself Simon Russell, Stampy, we’ve all got good intentions for the club.”
And he expects the club will do better in the coming season, after a challenging 2013/14.
“The season was always going to be a learning curve, with directors who had never run a club, taking a lot of stress and expectation on.”
“It was a difficult season for everyone, but we now have that experience and can take it on.”
“They realise what’s needed to run a successful club without spending too much money – but at times you do have to get players in who will win games.”
Roma, who hopes to stay in his preferred position of right-back next term, will help prepare his team-mates for the season ahead.
“I’m going to have an input into pre-season, with my sports science degree and what I want to do after football. We’ll have a good pre-season, set out our stall and get that winning mentality from the start.”