Utility-man Graeme Beveridge has commended his manager John Coughlin for instilling positivity around the club since his arrival.

Discussing his reasons behind signing a new one-year deal last week, Graeme admitted: “After chatting to the gaffer and seeing the changes he’s made at the club, I had no hesitation. I feel like it can be a successful season, and that’s something I want to be a part of.

“There’s a whole new positivity around the club and a lot of credit has to go to the manager for helping to create that. With the players he’s very straight forward, and that ensures that everyone knows exactly what is expected of them on a matchday.

“As a team, we have a clear game plan in every game, and individually we all know our roles. And he isn’t afraid to make changes either – when he feels something isn’t working the way it should be, he’ll alter personnel or tactics to help the team adapt to different situations, and the evidence that works is in our results.”

Beveridge goes on to reveal that despite enjoying playing under John Coughlin, the 2015/2016 campaign as a whole was a frustrating on one for him on a personal level.

“I felt the season was very stop-start for myself. At the start of the season I was a regular, then I found myself on the fringes for a spell. Towards the rear end of the season though I was back in the side and enjoying increased game time.

“It does get frustrating when you’re not playing, but I’ve never doubted my own ability. I’m well aware that it’s up to me to show that I’m worthy of playing week-in, week-out, and a new deal gives me a perfecto pportunity to do just that.”

In fact, regular football is so important to the versatile defender/midfielder that he expands the only personal target he’s set so far is appearance-based.

“The only aim I’ve set at this time is to get as much game-time as is possible. I want to help the team to carry on our form from the end of this season into the new campaign. If we can do that, I don’t think we’ll be far away come the end.”