Graham Westley believes his current set of players could become the best Stevenage side ever.
Westley was speaking to The Comet after their 3-2 away win against AFC Wimbledon at the weekend, which saw three goals from three new signings: Dean Wells, Cameron Lancaster and Charlie Lee.
“People say to me ‘could this be the best Stevenage team ever?’ says the 46-year-old.
“I would never say it lightly, because I’ve got too much respect for the teams that have gone before to say ‘yes it could’ lightly, but it could be the best team ever because there are some fantastic qualities in there.”
Boro have enjoyed a lot of success in recent years, winning the FA Trophy in 2009 and back-to-back promotions into League One. However they suffered relegation into League Two last season.
“It’s a question of merging them, getting them to understand each other and creating that collective ambition that we’ve always had.
“There were some really good passages of play at the beginning of the second half, and we sewed the seeds that I’m talking about and the qualities that I know are there. They’re certainly going to realise it themselves whether it’s sooner or later.”
Westley had previously said it will take time for his new players to settle into the club but is happy with the improvements made.
“I think we’ve had a couple of difficult displays. We were good down at Plymouth, but certainly the game at Southend we looked like a side that hadn’t played a lot of football together and certainly like a side that hadn’t played a competitive away fixture before.
“Last weekend was one of those difficult days that every new team has. I said after the game there’s going to be some ups and some downs when we’re building a new side,” he concluded.
Stevenage’s next game is a home match against League One side Gillingham in the JPT Trophy on Tuesday.