TOM Ward believes Boston United should be picking up trophies again.
In the build-up to the 2012-13 season, the young defender has said that the Pilgrims are too big a club, and have too much quality in the ranks, to settle for another mediocre campaign.
Last season, the Pilgrims finished in a lowly 11th spot, a far cry from the previous two seasons’ top-five finishes.
Ward has come a long way in the past year.
Twelve months ago, he was a member of the reserves, spending his summer in training after being offered the chance to trial with the first team in pre-season.
He took his chance and became a first-team regular, making 33 appearances last term.
Now, after forcing his way into the side and signing a new deal, Ward is demanding a better year for Boston.
“It’s good to be offered another contract,” he told The Standard.
“This time last year all I was wanting to do was get my chance to play first-team football.
“Now I feel I’ve become a regular in the team.
“But now I want to move on and start picking up silverware.”
Ward was playing at Sleaford Town as Boston United lifted the UniBond Premier play-off trophy in 2010,
A year later, he was helping the Reserves to the Lincolnshire League title as the first team reached the Blue Square Bet North play-off semis.
And now, after making it into the side, he wants to taste some of that success.
He continued: “We’re a big club and there can be no excuses this season.
“We have to start winning more games.
“Realistically, we should be looking at putting together good cup runs and getting promotion, either automatically or via the play-offs.
“There are cups, like the FA Trophy, that we can win.”
With many of last season’s squad re-signing, Ward believes Boston can improve this campaign.
He states that the side improved throughout the past year, and believes this will continue to be the case next season.
He added: “We got stronger throughout last season and a lot of the players here already know each other’s games.
“We’ve already got the core of a squad that knows each others’ game.
“Everybody learned a lot last year.”