LOCAL hero David Dunn has added his congratulations to those celebrating Accrington Stanley's stunning title success.
The Blackburn Rovers and England midfielder, who still lives in Great Harwood, has become a regular face at the Crown Ground in recent seasons.
And Dunn, 23, has promised to drop in on John Coleman's men as often as possible during their Conference quest next season.
He said: "It's fantastic news for the club and the town that Stanley have been promoted.
"It's sometimes difficult for me to get down and watch them as often as I would like because of my commitments to Blackburn.
"But I go down there as often as I can with my mates and we're always made to feel welcome by everyone there.
"I've become good friends with a few of the players there and Eric Whalley and I go back a long way, so I'm particularly chuffed for him.
"He took the club over when it wasn't going too well and seems to have turned it around magnificently."
Dunn believes Stanley fans should not get carried away next season with fanciful thoughts of spending just one season in the Conference.
But the Blues ace is backing Coleman to eventually build a squad capable of regaining a coveted place in the Football League.
He added: "They already have the makings of a decent side but I'm sure John will be looking for a few new players, just for competition.
"Hopefully they will hit the ground running but the main thing next season is not to get too far ahead of themselves.
"Consolidating at a higher level is always important - and it would mean everything initially to stay in the league.
"If they can do that, they can start pushing for honours the season after."