Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jay Spearing says that the standard set by the players is that the club gain promotion this season.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s tie against Newport County, Spearing also says that the new players brought in this summer know and understand the standards of playing for the club.
He said: “The new lads that come in, they understand the standards that we set last year. We want to go one more, and we want to get that promotion. With the gaffer coming back, he’s put the same across.
“We need to get out of this league, and we’ve got the squad to get ourselves out of it. The lads who were here last year have told the new lads about what the club expects and what the fans expect. The same end goal at the end of the season.”
The midfielder says the squad is confident with the standards being set, and that manager Micky Mellon is building a squad that is more than capable of being up there at the end of the season.
“We’re confident, we all know what we want to do and where we want to be, come the end of next May. It’s going to be a long time across the season, the gaffer is building a squad that can fight on all fronts.
“We’ve got competition in places all over the pitch. If anything, that brings the competitive side into the squad. It’s a great set of lads, a lot of boys that we know and have played against over the years. It’s a great mix, and pre-season was great.
“We got as many of them in the building as quickly as we could, to build that connection and that bond. I think we’ve shown in the first couple of games that bond and the connection, as well the togetherness we have in the squad already.”
After a win and two draws in the league so far this season, Spearing says that the squad is still learning from each other and the manager himself.
“The gaffer has tried different formations and different ways of playing. We’re still learning bits and new things about the lads, who they are, what type of player they are, and what they can bring to this club.
“I think the gaffer is still learning as well, and we’re still learning from him. It’s learning all around, but we want to start turning the draws we’ve already had into wins, we’re creating good chances, we’re having good opportunities. We’ve got to look forward and look to the next game.”