Eastbourne Borough skipper Ollie Rowe said he is desperate to lead the club back into the Blue Square Premier.
Rowe, 22, made three appearances in the non-league top flight under Garry Wilson but now, as captain, he is determined to test his talent in the Premier once again.
Rowe said, “I would love to. As a player you want to play for your home town club at the highest level you can.
“I made my debut for this club against Salisbury in the Premier but I wasn’t involved as much as I would have liked after that.
“But now as captain it would be great to achieve promotion and get back into that league.”
One of Tommy Widdrington’s first decisions when he arrived at the club a year ago was to make Ollie his captain. The youngster admitted it was a surprise but said he was not fazed by the additional responsibility.
“I just got on with it to be honest. Perhaps some people said this and that but I was not bothered what people thought.
“I just got on with the job and carried on playing football.
“He (Tommy Widdrington) saw I had been playing regularly and it went from there.”
Rowe is delighted with the progress the club has made under Widdrington and he is enjoying his football more than ever.
“The squad has changed a lot. The boss made the decisions he felt was right and it seems to be working.
“The squad is younger and fresher and I think we play with more pace and energy than we did before.
“We have some great players here and we all want to put a good run together and see if we can get in that play-off mix.”