MARC Newsham has warned any wannabe Boston United striker that they’re not taking his place in the Pilgrims’ starting line-up.
Last season’s leading scorer says he has made a career out of seeing off rivals.
And he’s not willing to lose his place next term – especially after grabbing 21 goals in the past campaign.
“It always happens in pre-season,” said Newsham, with a smile.
“There are a lot of players out of contract looking to find clubs.
“There are lots of trialists.”
However, Newsham has vowed to work hard in the close season, with a plan to seeing off any competition which may fancy its chances against him at the club.
“It’s been like that since I was 15-years-old, so I’ll just concentrate on my own game.
“I’ll get fit in the summer and come back to attack next season again.”
It has been a fulfilling year for Newsham – whose season was capped as he was named Boston United Player of the Season for the first time 10 days ago. He bagged 21 goals, bouncing back from the previous season where injury and suspension, plus being moved out to the wing, saw him net just six times.
Those 21 goals, in a below-par season for Boston, saw him return to his top form.
In his first campaign, Newsham scored 29 times as the Pilgrims won promotion from the UniBond Premier, the UniBond League Cup and Lincolnshire Senior Shield.
The 25-year-old is keen for the glory days to return to the Jakemans Stadium.
However, he knows manager Jason Lee will have to be shrewd in his summer signings to bring that success.
He told The Standard: “We need to work on consistency.
“I think there will be new additions and that will benefit us.
“New players will bring fresh blood, and we can just move on to next season and hopefully we can have a better one.”