Neil Gauld wants to see Inverurie Locos in title contention next season after penning a new deal.
Locos have been among the top four for the majority of this season and Gauld feels with another season under Andy Low, they could go a step further.
Gauld, the club’s record goalscorer, extended his stay with the club to 2021, following on from Andy Hunter and Chris Angus in committing their futures to the club.
He said: “This year was about getting to know what Andy is about (as a manager) and push on for the league next year. After another year with him in charge, we should aim to push on and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t challenge for the league.
“We’ve lost a couple of games we probably shouldn’t and to be fair to Brora, they’re the strongest team in the league and deserve to be where they are. They’ve got the best defensive record and best scoring record as well, so there’s no complaints. It would not surprise me if they went up like Cove Rangers did.”
The 32-year-old added that there was never any chance of him leaving Locos for another Highland League club, with it only being a matter of time before his new deal was finalised.
Gauld added: “It’s my testimonial year and to be honest, I was never going to leave for another team. I’m getting married as well, so it was a case of deciding to stay for another year or take a year out.
“I’m enjoying it just now and if I have time out, I would miss it.”
Locos are away to Keith in the Highland League this weekend.