Scarborough Athletic goalkeeper Thomas Taylor says he didn’t need much persuading to join the club following his arrival at the weekend.
The 24-year-old keeper joined the Yorkshire side from Brighouse Town and he knew exactly why he wanted to do so.
He said: “I’m delighted to have joined Scarborough Athletic.
“Having played against them in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League and in the North East Counties League when I was with Brighouse so the club didn’t need to sell themselves to me, I could see how big it was. To have that level of support, the fan base and to be part of it now is amazing.
“I can’t wait to get started.
“I’ve heard the game against Sheffield United in pre-season is a sellout and some of the comments from the supporters about when they have seen me play before, it makes me feel that I’m 10 foot tall, I’m full of confidence and hopefully I can repay all those kind comments with some great form.”
— Thomas Taylor (@tommytaylor2250) June 9, 2017
This season will be a momentous one for the Seadogs as they return to the town following a decade away in Bridlington.
The campaign will be made all the sweeter if Steve Kittrick’s men can go on to win promotion having missed out in the playoffs last time around.
Taylor said: “I think the squad that Steve (Kittrick) is putting together we can really push for promotion.
“I know they fell just short last season and I think with a few additions which he has made then I think we can go all the way this year.
“With the club being back in the town it will help. The support the club has is like a 12th man even when they were playing in Bridlington.
“So to be back in the town the support will increase and I think that will be a key thing for the club to push them over the line.”
The Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North will be a competitive division next season with FA Vase holders South Shields joining as well the likes of Colne and Ossett Town also hoping to go one better this time around.
It means that there is no clear favourite as to who will win the league something which the former Halifax Town keeper prefers.
He said: “It’s going to be a really tough league.
“Towards the end of last season you saw the likes of Hyde going on a good run, I think if they had started that run a little bit earlier then they would have been up in the playoffs position.
“My old team Brighouse they fell a little bit short and I think they can be up there again this coming season.
“It’s a league where anyone can beat anyone on their day in each game you play. I like those sorts of games instead of turning up thinking we can beat these today. You turn up to every game knowing you will be in for a tough match.”
— Macca (@paulmac71) June 12, 2017