POPULAR Phil Senior has scrapped plans for a summer holiday to ensure he's in peak condition to challenge for Town's No1 spot.
With manager Peter Jackson unsure whether Ian Gray will have recovered from his broken hand or if loan player Paul Rachubka can return from Charlton, Senior could well be between the sticks when Town open their League I campaign on August 7.
The 21-year-old homegrown keeper, who played 17 times in the Division III promotion campaign and was on the bench for the play-off final in Cardiff, is determined to be ready to answer the call.
"There's another big season coming up and I think that with the players we've already got, this new division will suit us," said Senior, who has just bought a new home.
"I really think we can do well and it wouldn't surprise me if we challenge for automatic promotion again, so if I can be part of it so much the better.
"I'm not going on holiday so that I can spend some extra time in the gym and really build myself up.
"I didn't do as well last season as the one before and I really want to concentrate on making real progress again.
"I want to work hard this month and then crack into pre-season training because, while I hope everything goes well for Trigger (Gray) in his recovery, I'd be happy to start as No1 and would obviously want to make the most of the chance if it comes."
Senior, who is contracted for the next two years, is a lifelong Town fan and is still on a high after the play-off final win and the open-topped bus ride to the civic reception which drew thousands of supporters into the town centre.
He was accompanied on the bus to the Town Hall by his fiancee, Rachel Peel, and his Godson, Macauley Fleetwood, who is only two months old.
"It was brilliant for Macauley to be there and to go out on the Town Hall balcony with me because his dad, Scott, is a massive Town supporter and now there's a new generation to follow the club," explained Senior.
"Cardiff and the Town Hall were both tremendous occasions for the fans and, being a one-club man myself as a fan and a player, it was brilliant to see everyone sharing in a great time.
"From a playing point of view, it would have been great to have played in the final and there is that little bit of disappointment that I missed out, but then there was also a little sigh of relief when the third substitute went on because it didn't mean I would have to start cold from the bench - we wouldn't have wanted another Accrington situation!
"The main thing, though, was the victory, and it felt unbelievable to be involved in a promotion so soon after the massive disappointment of being relegated.
"The celebrations were unforgettable on the pitch, in the changing rooms and on the bus on the way home, when we were singing songs and having a real good time.
"It couldn't have been further removed from the year before when we were all down in the dumps and no-one knew if the club would survive.
Senior believes Jackson and coach Terry Yorath deserve huge credit for the upturn in fortunes and he hopes to impress them in pre-season fixtures - starting against Wakefield and Emley at the Welfare Ground on July 12.
"The confidence Jacko and Taff instill in you is second to none and they are tremendous to play for," he said.
"They are not bothered if you make a mistake as long as you are giving 100% - that's all they ask - and it breeds confidence.
"The spirit has also been awesome this time.
"It is something I've known all the way through from the Academy with lads I'm really close to like Nathan Clarke, Jon Worthington and Jon Stead, but lads like Rob Edwards and Steve Yates have come in and just added to it.
"They are nice blokes who talk to the young lads and that all helps with team spirit."