Grimsby Town fans might be forgiven for being a little disappointed with their side’s form of late.
The Mariners were the team to watch around the turn of the year, winning six matches out of eight and briefly threatening to enter the play-off picture.
A five-game unbeaten spell at the end of January gave them even more hope, but having now lost three in three they’ve dropped back down the table.
It’s certainly an improvement on life under Russell Slade, when an inability to win matches threatened to see them drop back into the National league after only a couple of years back in League Two.
Having to watch on as bitter rivals Lincoln City enjoy success is also very tough to take in North Lincolnshire, but there’s plenty of reasons for the Mariners’ fans to be positive.
Michael Jolley hasn’t revolutionised the club like his counterpart at Sincil Bank, but the exciting young coach has steadied the ship at Blundell Park, and given the Mariners fans cause to be positive for the future.
Here’s three reasons why they should be excited for next season.
Elliot Whitehouse Return
The midfielder was a summer signing from their local rivals, but he suffered a serious injury in pre-season which means he’s not yet kicked a ball in anger.
He’s closing in on a return now and as a former FA Youth Cup runner-up, he’s got the experience and guile to add to their midfield engine.
Jolley spent a year managing AFC Eskilstuna in Sweden and has already used his contacts to bring in a couple of impressive foreign imports.
Ludvig Ohman and Sebastien Ring have looked good since their January moves and if he can tap into that vein of talent in the summer, they could be stronger for it.
The players want to play for Jolley. Last night it didn’t quite go right, they conceded four first half goals in a horror show against Tranmere.
They came out in the second half with a great attitude though, keeping a clean sheet and creating chances.
That never-say-die approach will stand them in good stead once they add some quality in key areas.