Skipper wants to be part of future

TOWN’s players will have to wait for at least another 10 days before discovering whether they are in boss Neil Aspin’s plans for next season.

But no one in the squad that has just claimed a second successive automatic promotion will want to be anywhere else next season.

That’s the view of skipper Mark Bower who dropped down from the Conference to lead the Shaymen to the Evo Stik Premier Division title.

“I think all the lads in the squad would love to carry on - the lads who were here last season and those of us who came this season all want to be a part of it,” said Bower.

“I can’t see them wanting to be anywhere else and I certainly don’t want to be.

“I would certainly like to be involved next season so we will see what happens.

“There will be a few crossed fingers over the next week or so but there is not a lot you can do.

“I know a lot of lads in the professional game are on one year contracts now.

“They finish at the end of May and they don’t find anything out until July.

“It is a horrible time at whatever level you are playing at.”

Expectations at the start of the season were high as the Shaymen targeted a place in Conference North for 2011-12.

And, following Aspin’s first season in charge when the One North crown was secured, Bower admits that there was a degree of pressure on the whole squad to perform.

“The Gaffer said when I signed in the summer that he knew we would score goals and that if we kept it reasonably tight at the back we would win the league,” he said.

“I knew I was coming in as probably the most experienced player so there was a bit of pressure on me.

“I probably didn’t enjoy playing at left back so much at the start of the season.

“I did the job to the best of my ability but I have played centre half all of my career and that’s where I wanted to play.

“But I wasn’t going to kick up a fuss and say I wanted to play in the middle.

“Once Danny Lowe was fit the manager saw fit to move me into the middle and I had a chance to show more of what I was capable of and hopefully I have been an asset to the team.”

There is little doubt that he has, featuring in the vast majority of senior games throughout the campaign.

And that is something that particularly pleased the ‘elder statesman’ of the side who had been restricted by injuries with the Quakers.

“From a personal point of view I wanted to play games having not played many last year because I had a bad injury,” he said.

“I have only missed one league game all season so that has been pleasing.

“Every footballer loves to feel good most Saturday nights no matter what level they are playing at and we have had plenty of that this season.”