JON WORTHINGTON will ensure Town play with no fear in the Coca-Cola League I season ahead.
That's the confident prediction of manager Peter Jackson, who has helped transform the tough-tackling midfielder from a bit-part performer into Player of the Year.
"Jonathan is by far the most improved player at the club," said Jackson, who had the Gomersal-based man at the heart of his play-off winning team.
"He was one of the first names on the teamsheet towards the end of last season, when he just kept getting stronger and stronger.
"I would be interested to see a stat on how much ground he covers during a game, because it must be awesome.
"Considering he missed a big chunk of pre-season last year that is some achievement, and I reckon he thoroughly deserved the Player of the Year award from the fans."
Worthington hasn't missed a start for the senior side in 2004 and will be keen to maintain that record when the first ball is kicked against Stockport County at Edgeley Park on Saturday August 7.
Jackson added: "Jonathan will be determined to score more goals because, with the way he plays, he should do. But I'm extremely proud of the way he has improved and he'll be looking to follow one outstanding season with another.
"I have no fears about Jonathan or, indeed, any of the other younger lads stepping up into this new division.
"They are not frightened of it, in fact, the lads are really looking forward to the new challenges ahead."
Jackson's squad were in action behind closed doors against Middlesbrough today and will visit Ossett Town on Monday (7.30).
Town then play Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday (7.30) and Harrogate Town next Saturday (3.00).