JAMES Poole is adamant there is no limit to what Hartlepool United can achieve next season providing they can become more consistent.
The 24-year-old forward, like everyone else associated with the club, was left frustrated by the 2013-14 season which finished with the 2-0 home defeat to Exeter City at the weekend.
It meant Pools finished the campaign in 19th spot – despite threatening at one stage to gate crash the play-off party.
But a sudden – and worrying – dip in form in the final six weeks of the season saw Colin Cooper’s men become genuine contenders for relegation.
Thankfully, safety was secured with a dramatic 2-1 win over Morecambe on Easter Monday but Poole said it should never have reached that stage in the first place.
He is adamant though that Pools can come back firing next season, as long as they become more consistent.
Poole told SportMail: “It has definitely been an up and down season for us.
“Some of the stuff we played before Christmas was outstanding and all of the lads were tremendous and I’d like to think I also played my part in that run.
“The feedback from the fans was that it was some of the best stuff they had seen for years but then we followed that up with a few months of not-so-good results.
“It wasn’t for a want of trying, effort or desire – sometimes it is just like that.
“But if we can recreate the form we showed pre-Christmas over a longer stretch next season then
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there is no ceiling to what we can achieve.
“It has been such a tight league which makes the issue of consistency even more important because if you string together a couple of wins then you are right up there.
“We were up near the play-offs and then within six games were fighting off relegation - that should never have happened but luckily we got out of it.
“Everyone will benefit from the situation we found ourselves in and showing character to get out of it.”