Striker Amari Morgan-Smith is not bothered by AFC Telford United being among a bookmaker’s favourites for relegation, insisting they could be a ‘dark horse’.

Betting firm BetVictor has released National League North title-winning odds and the Bucks are joint highest at 50/1.

Leamington, Curzon Ashton, FC United of Manchester, Nuneaton Town and newcomers Ashton United are the others at that price. Stockport County are the favourites at 4/1.

“Speaking to the gaffer, we’ve just got to about our work silently,” said former York City man Morgan-Smith.

“In this league, there’s always a dark horse – Bradford Park Avenue were that team last year, making it to the play-offs.

“We won’t get ahead of ourselves but, at the same time, we’re not going into the season with any fear. We’ll be going into every game looking to win it.

“Last season at York, we were the favourites to go up but then I came to Telford and we finished 14th, only six points behind York. That just shows the bookies don’t always get it right.

“Bookmakers can say what they want but, personally, I’m a winner. I just want to win – whether it’s with Telford, or just a five-a-side with my mates. I hate losing.

“I’m a winner and I’ll look to pass that mentality on to my team-mates – we’ll give it 100 per cent every time we put the shirt on. And if that isn’t working, we’ll go back to the drawing board and get going again.”

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