Price poised for new campaign

Jamie Price
Jamie Price

Jamie Price isn't making any big claims ahead of Scarborough Athletic's new Evo-Stik North campaign.

But the midfielder is confident that if the new-look Boro squad stick together then success will be around the corner.

The 34-year-old former Doncaster and York City man has witnessed plenty of encouraging signs during a pre-season that has seen Boro remain unbeaten.

Now he is looking forward to the competitive action, which kicks off with a home battle against Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

"I'm really looking forward to it. Pre-season has gone well and we are all at the point where we are champing at the bit to go out and test ourselves in competitive matches," he said.

"I don't like to say too much about how we are going to do because there are a lot of good clubs in this division.

"Seventeen teams finished above us in the table last season, but we are feeling and looking stronger now. There is a confidence and a togetherness.

"We have the quality and the fitness is coming, now it is about getting a group that believes and buys into it. I think Steve (Kittrick) and Chris (Bolder) have brought together exactly that.

"Everyone has to pull together and sing from the same hymn sheet. There are going to be times when things aren't going our way, but that togetherness will get us out of it."

Price brings bags of experience to the Boro team, though he certainly isn't alone in possessing that trait.

He added: "There are so many lads with experience in the squad, but we have young lads around us that all want to learn.

"The legs we have in the side and the experience will be very important as the season goes along, I think we have the perfect blend.

"We also have goals from all over the park, which is important.

"Benny Igiehon and Paul Beesley are big lads, who will cause problems, then we have the poacher in Carl Stewart, the livewire in David Brown and plenty of threat from midfield as well.

"If we can defend well and keep those clean-sheets then I think we'll be looking good."

Another key thing for Price is the fact that Queensgate has to become a fortress.

"It is a very difficult league, but if you can turn your own ground into a fortress then that takes the pressure off when you are going away from home trying to get something," he said.

"Teams can shut up shop when you are doing well so you have to try different things to break them down, but that is something that Steve and Chris have in the locker.

"They are both great to work with because they are knowledgeable and they just allow you to get on with your football.

"Steve and Chris both want the best for this club and hopefully us, the players, will reward that this season."