Lowestoft Town won’t look to just make up the numbers in Conference, says Blues chief
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Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor is determined to see the club continue making progress up the non-league pyramid following their promotion to the Conference set-up.
The Trawlerboys' play-off final success at the fourth time of asking means the club will finally be playing Conference level football next season, although it remains to be seen whether it will be in the North or South sections.
But Keyzor is adamant the Blues won't stand back and admire their recent success and will put plans in place to take Lowestoft even higher.
'My goal when I first got here was that Conference football had to be on the cards and we've now got there,' said Keyzor, who must wait on a decision from the FA's National League System Committee later this month which division they will be in next season. 'Yes, we will have to sit down and look at things, not necessarily for the next level but if we want to go further.
'We've now gone through three levels and it's going to get tougher. But we've now got the right people backing the club and I don't see any reason why we can't keep progressing.'
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Keyzor admitted the club will have to start potentially looking at a future away from Crown Meadow to meet the standards required to play in the Conference Premier.
'Lots of things will have to change,' he said. 'We can play at Crown Meadow at the next level but you couldn't go any higher here. But we will gear up for the next level first. There's no point saying that we will just stay in the Conference because you have to keep moving along. If not, then you will slip back and no-one wants that. Lowestoft is a big enough town for us to achieve things.'
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Keyzor paid tribute to the efforts of his players and the management team of Craig Fleming, Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher.
'They're out of a job tomorrow,' he joked. 'No, seriously they have been criticised left, right and centre by some people but they have done a fantastic job with a small squad. They've had to work with a small budget but they have done it.
'I think it has done us a favour because the same players have played together week in, week out. It has kept us all together which has been key to our success.'