Atherstone Town joint-boss Ross Innes says the Adders squad are “hungrier than ever” to capture an elusive Midland League Division One title next season.
With last season null and voided, Atherstone are preparing for a seventh-straight season at Step 5 having been sixth in the table when the season ended.
A largely positive campaign saw the club go on a fairy tale run to the FA Vase quarter-final, eventually losing to Consett. But Innes says the players are raring to go again.
“Off the back of the disappointment of coming out of the FA Vase and the season ending the way it did, I think the players are hungrier than ever which puts us into good stead ahead of the coming season,” Innes said.
“We haven’t had to motivate the lads at all, it’s the players have banged the drum over recent weeks asking for additional fitness sessions. That speaks volumes about what they want to achieve this season.
“Next season can only be about winning the league for us. Promotion is key but for me and Adam, our objective has to be to win the league outright.
“The club have fell short for the last few seasons for whatever reason but we’re in it to win the league and hopefully have a good run in the FA Vase again.”
With no date penned in for the new season’s start date as yet, Atherstone have been busy retaining a number of last season’s top performers whilst adding some new faces.
Top-scorer Joe Obi has resigned while Nathan Haines, Ryan Quinn and Alex Naughton are also in. But the Adders are far from done yet, according to Innes.
He said: “We’re still knocking on doors at the minute in terms of who we want to bring in. We’re going to go with players who believe in the philosophy of how we want to play. In terms of going into next season, things are sitting really well with us at the moment.”
This article featured in the Atherstone & Coleshill Herald on Thursday 2 July 2020.