Ian Dunbavin is relishing another season at the Crown Ground as he moves up to the coaching ranks.
The 31-year-old is entering his seventh season with the Reds after signing a one-year deal with new boss Paul Cook at the helm.
And, while he still aims to be playing, he will also be helping bring on the next generation of keepers at the Reds’ Academy.
"I’m delighted to be signing a new deal, especially after a new manager has come in," said Dunbavin.
"When that happens you’re never sure what happens next and what your future holds.
"The gaffer has come in and impressed all the lads with the way he goes about things and I’m just made up to be back on board and involved for another year really.
"I had five good years under John (Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) but now they’ve moved on and good luck to them.
"The gaffer has come in and the new era has started and it’s just a case of backing him as much as you can and doing as well as you can.
"From a personal point of view, signing a new deal must mean he likes what he sees in me and I just want to continue to do as well as I can for him, the club and the rest of the team."
Dunbavin has seen off various keepers over the years in the battle for the number one spot – and he hopes he can start the new campaign and lead Stanley to a successful season.
"It’s been a new start for everyone. Nobody is a given and sure of a place on the teamsheet so it’s a completely new era," he said.
"New players will come in and some will leave and good luck to all of them but we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet and the gaffer knows what he wants from us.
"Basically that’s to play attractive football and kick on and move up the league.
"It’s been another tough season and I’ve probably played the same amount of games as in the last few years.
"I think on a personal note it’s been one of my most consistent seasons which I’d like to think can carry on next season and hopefully get even better.
"I like to think that I’m getting better with experience, understanding the game more and I’d like to start putting things across to the younger lads as well.
"Being one of the more senior players in the team I want to help all the kids, even if it’s at the Academy level as well.
"I’m 32 in the summer but I seem to have been around for a long time! I think that can only be a good thing really, especially when kids are coming through and I like to think that they look at the likes of myself and Kevin McIntyre, who are the more experienced players, for some help.
"At the end of the day we love the game and we love our jobs. If you didn’t love it, you wouldn’t do it for so long would you?
"I think this will be my 16th year as a professional and not everyone does that.
"I think that shows the fact that I still have the enthusiasm to play myself as well as wanting to help out some of the younger players.
"If you don’t like competition then what’s the point in being in the game?
"If you expect to play every week I don’t think you’ll get the best out of yourself.
"I think you have to put pressure on yourself and you need somebody else there applying the pressure too.
"I think that’s all healthy and can only be a good thing for the club."