Striker Chris Bacon has given Steve Appleby’s plans for next season a huge boost by revealing he wants to spearhead another Wisbech Town promotion bid.

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Bacon, who joined the Fenmen from King’s Lynn Town last summer after netting just 35 times in 140 appearances, has been in sensational form this campaign, scoring 32 goals.

Days after lifting the supporters’ player of the season award and bagging his second hat-trick of the campaign during a 5-2 home victory over Walsham-le-Willows, Bacon admits he has already verbally agreed to stay with Wisbech next season.

The 28-year-old said: “I feel humbled to have won the award as they’re great supporters at Wisbech. They’re very faithful, happy, down to earth and it’s made life easier for me as a player.

“It’s been a great season all round for me, but if I’d have been more clinical I could have scored between 40 and 50 goals. Playing every week, though, feeling happier in myself and my team-mates and just the nice ethics around the whole club are the things that have helped me flourish.

“I sat down with Apps (Appleby) and agreed to stay next year instantly. If you’re happy somewhere I don’t see the reason in changing that. I’ve seen players do really well for six months, go off to a bigger club, lose their form and they’re soon back to square one again.

“Apps wants to win the league next season and so do I. We share similar views and if we keep the nucleus of our side, and tweak it slightly, we won’t be far away at all.”

The Fenmen could still improve on last season’s fourth-placed Ridgeons Premier Division finish by beating Brantham Athletic on Saturday to leapfrog them in the table.

Appleby said: “Wisbech are established as a top-four side and it’s also now easier to attract people when they know players like Chris Bacon are going to be here.

“It’s not a surprise to me how well Chris has done. He’s been fantastic on and off the pitch. He’s a man’s man and leads by example. Add that to the fact he scores goals and is a good footballer then it’s no wonder I want to keep him.”

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