Nahki Wells believes the best is yet to come at Huddersfield Town.
The striker is enjoying his football and playing with a smile on his face thanks to David Wagner – and Town are reaping the rewards.
Wells, who turned 26 last week, is relishing being the main man at the John Smith’s Stadium, but insists it was the new manager that gave him the tools to thrive in the role.
“I think he (Wagner) gave me the confidence to believe that I was the main striker at the club,” said Wells.
“He helped me get my head down, work hard again and get the love back, and reach the potential that he knew I could.
“Previously I never felt I was first choice or one of the manager’s favourite players. It’s difficult when you’re getting taken off in games and playing less minutes.”
He added: “It hasn’t been easy during my Huddersfield career so far, there’s been a lot of ups and downs, but I think this is the start of something good.
“Overall I think we’ve got a platform here which we can definitely build on. It helps that we have a manager that we believe in and who believes in us.”
On moving forward Wells is confident that head coach Wagner can lay the foundations for a successful season next year.
The former Borussia Dortmund II chief is planning a new-look pre-season with the aim of reaching the next stage of his long-term plan for the club.
“We all know the platform is there and we all know I look far better under this manager,” said Town’s record signing. “The blueprint is there for us to go forward now and really progress. I want to go further and do better as a player too.
“It has been a tough season, however it was all about getting a plan in place and now we have that.
“I don’t know what the manager has in store for us in pre-season but we have to be ready for whatever he puts in front of us. Whatever that is we know we will reap the results.”
Town’s Player of the Year ended 2015-16 with 18 goals and is determined to build on this season’s foundations on both a personal and collective level.
“The accolades come if I work hard and all I can say is thanks to the fans who support me.
“It is a good achievement for me individually but over the season I would have liked more goals for sure. However the season is over and done and there is nothing more I can do.
“I will look back and see I scored some important goals for us. I have led the line well and worked my socks off and that is all I can do.”