Midfielder Jay Dowie admits he is playing for his Boston United future... but knows he has the stomach for a fight.
Pilgrims manager Dennis Greene has twice raided his former club Histon in recent weeks to bring Dowie and defender Zak Mills to York Street.
And although the boss says he snapped up Dowie with one eye on next season, the 22-year-old knows he can’t afford to rest on his laurels and has to prove he is good enough to earn a further deal with a string of impressive performances.
“I’ll have to do well enough,” Dowie admitted.
“I’m just thinking about the rest of the season right now. I’ll take it game by game.”
And to impress, Dowie knows he has to work hard - something he says sums up how to be successful in the Skrill North.
“This level, for me, is all about application,” he added.
“If you put the work in in and you’ve got the ability you can do well.
“But if you don’t put the hard work in you can come unstuck.”
After leaving relegation-threatened Histon for promotion-chasing Boston, the midfielder says it feels ‘good to look up and be chasing’.
And, having faced most of the leading pack - including United - with the Stutes so far this season, Dowie is tipping Boston for success.
He said: “Coming up against what else has been in the play-offs, Boston are right up there.
“There’s nothing we should fear if we do get there.
“You’ve got to earn it (a top five finish). If it was easy everyone would be there.
“We’ll just take every game as it comes and fight as hard as we can and hopefully we’ll be there.”