RUSSELL Whalley wants to emulate his dad and fulfil a long held ambition of lifting a league title.
Accrington Stanley FC chairman Eric Whalley celebrated sealing the Conference crown on Saturday and a return to the Football League.
And Great Harwood Cricket Club captain Russell has his eyes on helping his side to their first league title in more than a century.
"I want to raise the first league title trophy in more than a 100 years at Great Harwood," said the skipper whose side finished third last season, five points - one win - behind champions Settle.
"A lot of people have been here a long time waiting for a trophy and I would love to do it."
Whalley is impressed with professional Gyan Pandey who has signed from Lancashire League side Todmorden.
He scored around 850 league runs and took 50 wickets last season and Whalley and co snapped him up as soon as they knew the all-rounder was available.
"He is a top quality pro which is why I think we will be there or thereabouts," said the captain.
"Last season our pro Martin Nurse didn't win us a game but I think Gyan is a difference calibre.
"I have spoken to him on the phone and he is raring to go. He knows what pro-ing in England is all about. He knows it is not a holiday and he wants to win things.
"The lads are also really up for it after we just missed out last season. Hopefully we can do it this year and make it our year."
He expects the main threat to come from champions Settle and Clitheroe.
"We can beat anyone on our day if we all perform. But if we don't, anyone can beat us as we found out last season.
"We threw games away against teams we should be beating, with no disrespect to the other sides. We need to get off to a good start and then take it from there."
And the skipper has his eye on taking his own record.
Last season he celebrated 1057 runs and established a new Ribblesdale League English amateur batting record.
"Records are there to be broken so I will be out to break it again. I don't mind if one of my team-mates breaks it and some of them are capable - especially the likes of Paul Houldsworth.
"We just want a good, successful season and we can't wait now."