JON STEAD is eyeing a promotion double this season.
The hitman is desperate to fire Notts County out of League Two — and would dearly love hometown club Huddersfield to reach the Premier League, too.
Stead, 33, came through the Terriers youth ranks and made 100 appearances in two spells with the club.
He admitted: “I’m a Huddersfield fan. I still have friends at the club and know players there from my second time round.
“Huddersfield has always been a family club. I’ve been there going through administration so to see them get into the Premier League would be fantastic.
“As for County, the aim for us this season is promotion and nothing else.
“So for us both to go up would be fantastic.”
Stead left Huddersfield two summers ago to join County.
He showed decent form last year but has been red hot this term with nine league goals — making him the division’s joint top-scorer alongside Grimsby’s Omar Bogle.
Five of those came in September and helped make Stead League Two’s player of the month.
Victory at Mansfield today could lift John Sheridan’s side into the top three.
Stead added: “We’re a better side from last season — and I’ve been able to stick away my fair share of chances.
“The manager has simplified everything and we’re well drilled.
“A lot of players have come to the club so it was always going to take time for us to gel and we had a sticky start to the season.
“But we’re starting to get there now and he’ll be pleased with some of the performances and results. We’ve got a decent platform now to kick on.”
Stead has played in all four top tiers in English football but has no plans to hang up his boots anytime soon.
GUNNERS NEWS LIVE
Gunners want £76m Isak, Dusan Vlahovic talks LATEST after deadline set
GUNNERS NEWS LIVE
'More proactive than De Gea' – Fans hail Comoros left-bacl after GK heroics
Martial to Sevilla DONE DEAL, Pochettino, Luis Enrique on manager shortlist
Anthony Martial joins Sevilla on loan after just one game under Ralf Rangnick
He said: “I feel as fit as ever and I have players around me like Jonathan Forte who can run in behind and do that side of the game.
“It enables me to get into the box a bit more — which I probably haven’t done enough in my career.
“I still feel great so hopefully I’ve got a lot of years left ahead of me.”
Source: Read Full Article