Cambridge United midfielder Paul Lewis has been looking ahead to next season after securing League Two safety at the weekend.
Lewis netted his third goal of the season in the U’s 2-1 defeat at Forest Green Rovers on Easter Monday, a disappointing result which fortunately for the U’s had no repercussions as results elsewhere meant the U’s League Two safety was finally secured.
The twenty-four-year-old assured supporters that safety meant a lot to the players who were now looking to achieve greater things next season.
Speaking to the Cambridge Evening News, he said: ‘No one wants relegation on their CV, especially in League Two.’
He added. ‘You go from professional football to non-league football. It means a lot to the fans and the lads. It’s been a disappointing season, but hopefully, we can change the batteries and next season will be a lot better.’
Cambridge boss Colin Calderwood lamented his side’s defending after defeat at the New Lawn, with both goals coming from corners, and it was a message reinforced by Lewis, who said they had a ‘naivety’ about the way they defended. ‘Just sloppy mistakes [allowed them to equalise], and sloppy defending for the set pieces. You can’t gift people goals like that in this league.’
The former Macclesfield man went on to admit that personally, it had been a frustrating season for him with only twenty-six appearances to his name. Injuries have played a part, but he has at times been omitted from the matchday squad when fit. He said ‘you’re a footballer, you want to play every week” he said. “[When you know] you’re coming in, even then it’s hard to get fit and in shape and feel confident.’
“It’s difficult, but that’s the game. Some people play, some people don’t, but eventually, you want to play week in, week out, so it’s tough.’
‘I think I only missed two weeks with my hamstring and first four weeks of the season.’
‘I haven’t been injured; I just haven’t been involved as much as other players. That’s the plan next season, to play more games.’
Lewis is under contract at Cambridge for another season and will want to kick on next season after a disappointing season for him personally and the club in general.
He has shown during his spell at Macclesfield he has talent, but his career has stalled, much like Cambridge’s progress since they regained their EFL status in 2014.
Both will be hoping Colin Calderwood can build a playoff challenge next season.