Michael Leary wants to lead Gainsborough Trinity to glory next season
Gainsborough Trinity's Michael Leary wants to captain the side to glory next season.
The midfielder, who was a second half substitute in their play-off final defeat against Nuneaton, believes the Blues can go one better and achieve automatic promotion next year.
And when the time comes to pick up the trophy, the former Grimsby Town man wants to be the one who is doing the lifting.
"I want to be wearing the blue shirt next season, of course I do, but I also want to be wearing the black armband around my arm as well," he said.
"It has been an honour to captain the side at times this season. The gaffer has put faith in me.
"That should have been me lifting up that trophy last Sunday and I am bitterly disappointed that they have gone up and we haven't.
"I haven't played in every game, but I have played in the majority of games and I like to think I have done well.
"The chairman has been spot on, the manager has been spot on and they are definitely the right men to take this team on, along with Wozzer (Lee Warren) as well, we have to give him a mention.
"The assistant manager has come in since Christmas time and I think he has done a great job alongside the manager. "They all have faith in the players, the chairman puts his hand in his pocket when he needs to and the manager gets the best out of the players."
Leary was speaking minutes after the final whistle on Sunday, after his side had been beaten to promotion by a single Andy Brown goal in the first half.
In a disjointed and sometimes scrappy encounter at the Northolme, Trinity just could not find the equaliser.
"There are so many emotions going through me at the moment because we didn't win the game," added Leary.
"It is not a nice feeling watching them (Nuneaton) celebrate. It's not nice losing any game, especially the final of the play-offs.
"There had been a lot of hype surrounding the game and a lot of people buying up the tickets.
"And with all the press and the media for this game, it has put Gainsborough on the map.
"They got their goal and kept it solid at the back and we failed to create much in the way of chances.
"I don't think the conditions helped us, with the pitch being dry and it was windy. Hopefully this result will propel us to do more, and want more. We have achieved this, the play-off final, so now we have been there we want to achieve and get more success next year and hopefully get promotion automatically rather than through the play-offs.
"If we can keep the majority of the side together and add a couple of additions here or there, I can't see why we shouldn't push on next season.
"We have experienced this now and we know how it feels to lose in the final and, personally, I don't want to be feeling like that again."