NATHAN Stainfield has told the Boston United fans that he shares their desire for glory.
Having been brought up in the area, the 23-year-old defender knows as well as anyone the expectations the amber and blacks will carry on their shoulders this season.
And he says he is determined to deliver on the turf.
After a disappointing 11th-placed finish last season, the Pilgrims faithful are desperate for more to cheer this season, following two previous campaigns with a top-five finish.
“I’m Boston born and bred so I appreciate how the fans want nothing but the best for the club,” Stainfield told The Standard.
“But I can assure them that everyone is rooting for the same thing.
“We want to be up there getting promoted as much as the fans who come along want it.
“I think that’s only a good thing.”
With Stainfield growing up in Swineshead, he has always known how much the club means to its supporters in the area.
Another player who gets the same vibe is his central defensive partner Tom Ward, who comes from Sleaford.
But it is not just that local knowledge which Stainfield says the pair share.
He believes the duo will be able to help each other along as they both face their second season at Blue Square Bet North level.
Stainfield added: “I speak to Tom a lot.
“I’ve got a lot of admiration for him, coming up through lower leagues like I did.
“We’ve both come on in leaps and bounds since we’ve played regularly.
“We’re good friends, but that doesn’t mean we will instantly play well together on the pitch.
“But I think we play well together because we have camaraderie, and we’re both determined to become better players.
“We drive each other on on and off the pitch.”