MARK Ford is intent on starting next season with a bang as he looks to repay the faith shown in him by Terras’ boss Jason Matthews.

The striker had no hesitation in renewing his Weymouth contract last week not long after defender Ashley Wells did the same.

After suffering a broken foot in January – an injury that limited him to only three league goals last term – Ford is already looking forward to getting back into the thick of things.

And, as well as securing a regular place in the Terras’ match-day line-up, Ford is optimistic when it comes to the team’s targets.

Speaking to Echosport about his contract renewal, he said: “I’m delighted. Jason kept faith in me and I signed straight away.

“I wanted to sign but I also wanted to see what Jason wanted from me.

“I’ve got a lot of friends at Weymouth and I’ve been there for more than two seasons now.

“I’m really happy with Jason as manager and the club in general, and I’ve got a good relationship with the people there.

“I’m just looking forward to getting back now and having a fresh start after breaking my foot in January.

“I want to hit the ground running in pre-season and get some friendly games in.”

Despite their 12th-place finish in the Southern Premier League last season, Ford feels that with the squad Matthews is assembling the Terras should be aiming a lot higher next time round.

He went on to add: “There are some good sides in our league, like Poole, Stourbridge, Chesham and St Neots.

“But with the squad Jason is sorting out I think we have got to be looking at the play-offs and promotion next season.”

Ford was far more prolific in cup competitions last term, netting four goals against Poole Town in the Red Insure Cup, as well as scoring at Bognor Regis in the FA Cup.