Silver set to shine as Tigers star prepares summer strategy
Tigers forward Jason Silverthorn will use the summer break to plot a route to the English Premier League play-off title.
Defeat to Peterborough in this monthâ€™s play-off semi-final saw Telford miss out on a historic triple crown of major trophies.
That loss followed success in winning both the league title â€“ the clubâ€™s first in 27 years â€“ and the British Challenge Cup.
But with a summer of team building yet to start in earnest, Silverthorn already has few doubts over his target for next season.
He said: â€œIt was a great season and Tom did a fantastic job. We set out to accomplish our goals and fell just short in the play-offs.
â€œThe thing is, you are never perfect, so it gives us something to build on for next season and strive to accomplish.
â€œTeams will be more competitive next year and better prepared, so our job is to stay one step ahead. We canâ€™t rest on our laurels and the target is to keep working hard.â€
A number of rival EPL teams have already started their summer recruitment campaigns, with Manchester Phoenix in particular looking strong.
Tony Hand has already signed the EPL title-winning duo of netminder Steven Fone and prolific forward James Archer.
Basingstoke, meanwhile, have recruited highly-rated forward Shaun Thompson, while Milton Keynes will have GB coach Pete Russell at the helm.
Silverthorn added: â€œI donâ€™t take much notice of what the other teams are doing during the summer. I read about them, of course, but if you worry too much, then you can lose focus.
â€œWhat we need to do is keep our focus firmly on being the best team we can be and find a way to the next level. We want to keep on leading the pack, but the other teams will all be chasing us.â€
The former Hull Stingrays star is one of seven players on multi-year deals at The Tigers, as Head Coach Tom Watkins looks to retain a familiar look next season.
â€œFor a player, having a multi-year contract means you can have a proper off-season,â€ Silverthorn said.
â€œYou can rest and recuperate, not only physically, but also mentally. If you have the stress of trying to find a club, then you canâ€™t give 100 per cent effort to maintaining and bettering yourself.
â€œWhen youâ€™ve got that stability, then it allows you to focus totally on the job in hand.â€