Summer exodus may see Tom Pett promoted in the dressing room

Tom Pett gives his team a thumbs up

Tom Pett gives his team a thumbs up - Credit: Archant

Tom Pett feels his role within the Boro dressing room may change in the forthcoming season but his character will not alter as a result of it.

On the back of Teddy Sheringham’s appointment as manager just over a month ago, 13 players, many influential, were shown the door.

The likes of former captain Jon Ashton, who signed for fellow League Two club Crawley Town yesterday (July 8) and Chris Beardsley have left a void that Pett, despite only facing up to his second season at the Lamex Stadium, will attempt to fill.

Pett said: “Yes perhaps it will a little.

“One year’s experience helps. There’s a few new lads that have come in from the youth team that are lacking experience. I have spoken to a couple of the youth team lads that have come up which maybe didn’t play as much as I did last season.

“I don’t think my personality is one of those that will shout at people and I won’t be as influential as other players from last season that would try to get the best out of everyone.

“However, I will try to be involved as much as possible. My role may change slightly but I still have to concentrate on my own game. I will try to help the youngsters as much as I can though. Perhaps I’m not as young as I used to be at the age of 23.”

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The club’s first week back in training in preparation for the new League Two campaign has been a feeling-out process with manager and players meeting for the first time.

The young midfielder, who confessed to hearing about Sheringham’s appointment via social media site Twitter, has been impressed with the new setup so far.

Pett is as excited as everyone else about the arrival of the former Manchester United and England striker.

He continued: “It is early days but it’s pretty relaxed.

“The atmosphere here is to have a good time but obviously the work has got to be done and I think everyone agrees with that. It’s just nice to be back. Running on your own isn’t the most enjoyable.

“It seems to be a whole fresh outlook on how pre-season is. Teddy coming in is massive for the club so we will see how it goes.”

Pett, along with defender Jerome Okimo, return to former club Wealdstone for a pre-season friendly this Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.

The former spent two and a half seasons at the Stones, scoring 18 goals in a title-winning effort in his final campaign, and he is excited for his comeback.

Pett said: “I’m really looking forward to that one.

“A few of the boys have given me some texts about that one.

“Jerome and I have been chatting about it. I am really looking forward to seeing the fans and the staff.

“There’s still a few faces that were there when I was there so it won’t feel like I have been away.”