NEILSTON top scorer Paul Stewart has targeted a sustained push for promotion next season after extending his stay at Brig O’Lea.

The 30-year-old forward, fresh from picking up the top scorer award at the club’s end of season presentation night for the second year running, heaped praise on bosses Derek Carson and Chris Cameron as he backed the Farmer’s Boys to improve upon their eighth place West Region Championship finish.

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Survival was the goal for Neilston at the start of last season after promotion from League One but Stewart revealed the club have much more lofty ambitions this year.

He said: “That was just my second full season at the Brig so I’m delighted to have signed back up for another year. There’s a few good boys committed for another year too so I’m raring to go.

There’s a few boys that Derek and Chris will be looking to bring in through the summer so it’s a work in progress but I fancy our chances to do really well next season.

“We finished eighth last season which is respectable when you consider we had just been promoted but the ambition next season is definitely to finish fourth at the very least.

“We’re not the favourites by any means as you’ll have the likes of Renfrew and Petershill dropping down but we can surprise anyone on our day. 

“We went on a really good run around February which shows we know how to do it, we just need to keep it up for the entire season this time.”

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