Brian Page is hopeful he can keep his Histon players together and prepare a big push for next season after the club….
….secured their Blue Square Bet North status with a goalless draw at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
The assistant-manager will waste no time in preparing for next season and will be sitting down with his players to discuss their future.
Page described their achievement in avoiding relegation as “nothing short of remarkable”, and is keen to build on this season’s efforts for 2013/14.
“I had my plan one and plan two ready, depending on what happened,” he said.
“Plan one is in force and the players will be getting their offers and pre-season plans. We don’t want to waste any time, we want to be prepared for a big push in this league next year.
“I’d love it if the players could stay together. But I’ve got to be realistic, there are certain players who want to player higher and want to move on.
“I’ll do my best to persuade them that this is the place for them, that they can develop here and wait for their opportunity, but I’ve got my eye on some other targets.”
Histon’s survival came at the expense of Corby Town, who drew 0-0 at home to Gainsborough Trinity.
The Stutes’ superior goal difference, by just one goal, was enough to keep them up.
As he reflected on their achievement, Page cast his mind back to when Histon failed to fulfil an away fixture at Colwyn Bay in November as the club’s directors feared the club would be insolvent. “It’s nothing short of remarkable what these lads have achieved and what this club has achieved,” he said.
“I remember getting a call from club secretary Howard Wilkins saying this could be it.
“He said ‘I think it’s all over, we’re going to have to start looking for new jobs’.
“For the board to turn it around the way they did off the field and for this group of young men to display the performances they have done over and over again and keep putting in the effort, determination and desire has been first class.”