PLAYER of the Year Nathan Clarke today promised Town fans an all-out shot at promotion next season.

The 21-year-old defender helped steer Town to within a point of the play-offs this time and is confident Peter Jackson's buoyant squad can do even better.

"We won't be hanging around next season," said Clarke, who made a career-best 40 appearances as Town finished ninth.

"I think we spent too much time in the lower half of the table this time and to just miss out is really frustrating.

"Next season, we want to be right up there among the top clubs, pushing them all the way, and I don't see any reason why we can't go all out for promotion.

"We have finished this season with the best form of anyone and eight wins and a draw is a tremendous record.

"If we carry that form into next season we're all very confident we can do well and give this league a real good go."

Clarke, whose 17-year-old brother Tom will link up with the England Under 18 squad next month, says the players are determined to reward their supporters.

"We have had unbelievable backing this season both home and away and we want to win promotion next season as much for them as for ourselves," he said.

"The reception we got from the 2,000 who went over to Wrexham was fantastic and the atmosphere throughout the whole club is just brilliant at the moment. People say that good support can be like having a 12th man and that's certainly been the case of late.

"Even when we went out to warm-up on Saturday we all got a great hand from the fans and, when you've got backing like that, you are always going to have a chance.

"It's a shame we couldn't make the play-offs this season, but at least we've finished on a high and can look forward to the start of next season with plenty of confidence."

Meanwhile, Chris Brandon has been voted the Supporters Club Heavy Woollen Branch Player of the Year.

The Young Terriers and Away Supporters top choice will collect his award at Barclays, Ravensthorpe on Thursday (8.00).