“The lads are enjoying coming into work every day.”
So said York City centre-back Sean Newton, who has heaped praise on both manager Steve Watson and his teammates after a tough campaign last year.
Newton admitted to struggles during previous manager Sam Collins’ tenure, which almost culminated in the long-serving defender – who made his 550th career appearance on Saturday – leaving the club.
With Watson’s arrival midway through last term, Newton says both he and the dressing room have picked up.
The current City chief’s influence on the players and their style of play is even more evident this season. York sit top of National League North following an unbeaten start to term.
Notably, this turnaround has been achieved with a minimum of personnel change at Bootham Crescent.
Asked what the difference has been, Newton said: “I think, as a player, you get stuck in a rut and you don’t know how to get out of it.
“Sometimes it’s just a new gaffer or going out on loan and coming back. For me personally, it’s been the gaffer.”