We're even hungrier for promotion - Drury

ANDY Drury is convinced Boro have got what it takes to challenge for the Blue Square Premier title next season. The former Lewes midfielder played a starring role at Wembley and he hopes the squad can use that momentum to get off to a fast start next seas

ANDY Drury is convinced Boro have got what it takes to challenge for the Blue Square Premier title next season.

The former Lewes midfielder played a starring role at Wembley and he hopes the squad can use that momentum to get off to a fast start next season.

"We've got a great squad," Drury told The Comet. "We fell just a little bit short. The play-offs were a big blow for us and we had a few suspensions but we bounced back against York and showed that we can win big competitions and it's important that we take it into next season. I'm sure we'll be right up there in the Conference."

Drury is still under contract at The Lamex Stadium and the 25-year-old said he's looking forward to playing his part in any promotion assault.


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"I've got another season at Stevenage and I'm happy to stay at the club."

Graham Westley deployed Drury just behind the strikers during the FA Trophy final and he was a revelation with the York defence unable to track his sorties from the right flank.

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"I think I can get on the ball more when I'm playing in the hole behind Moro (Steve Morison). In previous games I don't think I've got on the ball as much as I would like to but I enjoyed it in there. We were a bit disappointed after Monday, but it's great to win the cup - it's a fantastic feeling."

Steve Morison's impending departure will leave manager Graham Westley with a huge hole to fill but Drury is backing his manager to find a replacement.

"He's (Morison) just scored 30 goals, so he'd be a loss to any team but, if he does go which is up to the club, then I'm sure the gaffer will find a decent replacement who'll get 30 goals," said Drury before the club announced the signing of Charlie Griffin from Salisbury. "It's up to a few of us, like Mitch (Cole), (Lee) Boylan and me to add a few more."

Drury said it was a privilege to be involved at Wembley and that he can't wait to get back to business in July.

"It's a great day out. You see it on the telly and to be part of this day is fantastic, especially for the fans.

"As the season has gone on we've realised we had a chance to get to Wembley. It would have been good to come here twice but we've come here once and won and it'll be a good summer then we'll get cracking in July."

The FA Trophy final was the first game to be played on the much talked about 'new' Wembley surface and Drury gave the pitch a big thumbs up.

"I like it, it's nice - it's better than playing on the Conference pitches!

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