Jabo Ibehre on the summer break and his aims for next season
In the final part of our interview with Jabo Ibehre we talked about his hopes for next season, both on a personal level and for the team.
"Throughout the season I've been helped so much by the personnel we have in the dressing room and in the club," he said. "The gaffer and his staff brought in some really nice characters and we came together well in pre-season.
"It's been a pleasure all the way through, from Cassius Camps to the start of the campaign. Even when it wasn't going as well we all stuck together and we didn't blame each other. We came together in the best way we could.
"It's one of the best dressing rooms I've been involved with, in terms of the people, and I've really enjoyed it."
On finishing as the club's top scorer, two ahead of fellow striker Charlie Wyke, he said: "Charlie got a bit too close for my liking in the end!
"It was great, we spurred each other on, so it will be nice to see what happens next season. It was close, but thankfully I just held on."
Speaking about his summer break, he told us: "I still feel great. I had a proper break for a couple of weeks where I chilled out and went away.
"Then I started with the yoga and stretching before I got back to running and building up my legs."
United, of course, picked up 16 draws on their way to tenth place last season and the popular front man insisted that we aren't too far away from taking things one step further next time round.
"The teams who are consistent and efficient can go on and do wonderful things in this league," he commented. "I don't think any team has a given right just because of their status or their name. Accrington Stanley have shown that you don't have to be a Portsmouth or have one of the bigger budgets to be in the play-offs.
"With the squad we've got, and the additions the gaffer will make, I think we've got a really good chance of not only getting in the play-offs, but going up automatically."
On the message from the end-of-season meeting he had with manager Keith Curle, he said: "He used that time to talk about the season as a whole and how it's worked out for us.
"We looked at things we could have done differently, and where we could have been better, and I totally agreed with him.
"We talked about when things aren't going your way how you, as a person, can adjust and make things right. It was a good chat and he's very open and honest, which I like about him. He sets standards and he wants you to reach them all the time."
And on his personal targets ahead of the 2016/17 season, he said: "I've set myself some real markers for next season. I've scored 17 this season so I want to beat that first and foremost.
"I want to try and get past 20 ... or even 30 - and why not! I'm going to work hard over pre-season to come back really strong and better prepared for next year."
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