Tom Ward has made it clear that Boston United was the only club he wanted to join this summer.
The central defender admitted it was a ‘great’ feeling when boss Dennis Greene offered him a new deal for the next campaign.
An although Ward is yet to go through the finer points of the offer or sign on the dotted line, he is adamant no other club could turn his head.
“I always wanted to stay here, Boston’s the club I’m loyal to,” said the defender.
“I’m loyal to Boston because they gave me the chance to play at this level.
“When I was younger I wanted to play for Sleaford because that was my dad’s club.
“Boston was the local big club but I never thought I’d play there.
“But Boston gave me my chance. It’s a brilliant club and I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
Ward admitted he felt a rollercoaster of emotions towards the end of the season, watching on as a number of teammates were offered contracts while he was given no indication whether or not he fitted into Dennis Greene’s long-term plans.
But when an offer was put on the table - after the Lincs Senior Shield final, where he scored in the 3-1 victory over Gainsborough Trinity - Ward felt pangs of relief.
“It was a great feeling for the manager to tell me he wanted me at the club,” Ward added.
“As individuals, we tried to put next season to the backs of our minds and concentrate on doing the job.
“But if being honest, it does play on your mind when you want to stay on at a club.”