Palmer: Bucks aren’t too far away

Ash Palmer, left, believes Buxton can challenge for promotion in 2014-15.
Ash Palmer, left, believes Buxton can challenge for promotion in 2014-15.

Ash Palmer believes that Buxton are not far away from being able to challenge for promotion next season.

The Bucks’ centre-half says that the squad has a good nucleus and that with some tweaking over the summer, they are capable of improving on their 13th-placed finish from last season.

He told the Advertiser: “We didn’t have the greatest of spells last year but with a few additions I think the side could do better.

“The team as a whole started last season flying. The way we were going I thought we were in with a good chance of promotion.

“Obviously there was a six or seven game spell around Christmas that killed us really.

“But I think if the gaffer adds to the squad we’ve got, then we can certainly be challenging next season.”

As far as his own performances in 2013-14 are concerned, Palmer believes he has grown in confidence after a full season adapting to the division.

He said: “I thought I did okay. I had a back problem during pre-season and I missed the first couple of games.

“That was a blow really because throughout the summer I felt fit and strong, so to miss the start was disappointing.

“I then got thrown in at Ilkeston and gradually got back into it.

“I think I matured a lot throughout and I got a real feel for the league once I got used to it.”

Palmer went on to make 49 appearances throughout the campaign and his steady performances at the heart of defence drew admiring glances from other clubs.

Despite the interest in him, Palmer says that boss Martin McIntosh has notified him of his desire to keep him on board.

He added: “I’m just going to relax now for the summer and have a few weeks off then get back to it.

“I’ve not decided anything just yet but the gaffer has been chatting with me regularly and he told me he wants me to stay.”