CONCORD Rangers starlet Adam Topley is taking nothing for granted ahead of the new National League South season.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough campaign under Adam Flanagan, making 28 appearances and starting each of Concord’s last 12 matches.

New manager Sammy Moore has made widespread changes since taking over, although the midfielder from Southend was one to remain at the Aspect Arena.

And, having penned a one-year extension, he is not resting on his laurels as he targets a place in the starting line-up.

“I’m delighted to extend my stay by another year,” said Topley. “I’d never had a management change in my career so it did open my eyes as to how many changes were made. But that’s football - people come and go. Sammy, Mids (Jack Midson) and Darren (Beale) have added a lot of quality to this year’s side and I believe we should be fighting for promotion.

“The management team and I have spoken about my role and it was all positive, but I believe it’s all in my hands. I need to continue to get my head down and work hard. I take nothing for granted and want a good pre-season under my belt.

“The recruitment has been very good over the summer, with a good mix of youth and experience. With the quality we have in the squad, our target has to be play-offs. In terms of the experience in midfield it is very good to be around ex-professionals as they have been there and done it at a high level so I am observing and trying to learn as much as I can.”

The midfielder scored twice in Concord’s opening pre-season match - a 4-0 win against Brentwood Town.

And Topley says goals is something he wants to add to his game in an important season.

“I’ve had a couple of years now in and out of the side so I’m really hungry to play week-in week-out to help the team,” he said. “I love getting forward so I want to score as many as I can this year - double figures would be an achievement.

“Billy Knott is always on my case saying I need to take my chance so two goals at the weekend was a good day at the office. Hopefully there are many more to come.”