ANDY HOLDSWORTH believes Town's excellent team spirit will help carry them to success in the next few years.
It's one of the reasons he was happy to sign a contract extension this week which keeps him at the Galpharm until 2007.
The 21-year-old wing-back hopes by then to be playing in the Championship at least and is delighted to be part of such a developing squad.
"All my friends are at this club, so it's the best place for me to be playing, and the manager and coaches are fantastic to work with," said Holdsworth.
"The staff are brilliant to work with and the banter is tremendous.
"I've got nothing to compare it with, but Chris Brandon has played elsewhere and he says the club is a different world. Everyone enjoys themselves and is allowed to have a laugh when the time is right.
"The management give you stick and are mad at you when they need to be, but they also keep everyone in a good mood and the spirit in the camp is great.
"Everyone knows where they stand, which is the important thing, and I'm really pleased to know I'm going to be a part of things here for at least the next couple of years."
Holdsworth is optimistic about Town's prospects.
"I think the results we are getting at the moment show we can be up there next time," he explained.
"We've got a lot of good young players and, hopefully, we'll be able to achieve more success."
Last night, Sunderland won 2-1 at West Ham in the Championship while Tranmere beat Port Vale 1-0 in League I.