Simon Weaver insists that Harrogate Town won’t class surviving in the National League this season as a success.

The ambitious Town boss is hopeful that his team can make a real impression during their first ever appearance in English football’s fifth tier and says he would love to deliver another play-off adventure.

“When I’ve been speaking to fans and people around the town and they’ve been wishing us luck for the coming season, almost to a man they’ve been telling me that we just need to try and stay up,” said Weaver, who led Town out of National League North last term.

“I think that at boardroom level, survival would probably be deemed acceptable as well, but within the dressing room we have our own targets.

“We want to do more than just stay up. We are determined to make an impression and won’t class survival as a success.

“We’ll try our hardest to ensure that we are in the top half of the table, and although I’m not saying that we must do that, I’d love to get everyone excited again by having a team that still has something to play for and is chasing a play-off place come the last few months of the campaign.”

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