Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock admits he already has one eye on next season.
The Dolly Blues head coach returned to the dugout after illness in the 2-0 defeat at home to Ossett Town on Saturday which all but ended any slim play-off hopes with nine games to go.
A run is always good no matter what time of the season it is
Peacock and assistant Trevor Sinclair now take City to Brighouse Town on Saturday hoping to end the season on a high knowing they could also have a big say in the Evo-Stik First Division North promotion race.
The former Newcastle, Blackburn and QPR defender said: “We are looking to next season but we can cause a lot of damage by taking points off teams in the promotion race.
“And a run is always good no matter what time of the season it is.
“I’ve said to the players we’ve got some big games coming up.
“We can have a huge say in promotion.”
Attention is also turning to next season in terms of recruitment with the desire for loanees having changed to looking for players who could be with the club come pre-season.
Peacock said: “We’ve been given some names of players who look like they might be leaving local professional clubs.
“There might be a chance we can bring them in before the end of the season and have a look at them ahead of next season.
“We don’t have the finances to have two players in every position but we need more competition.
“It’s about getting the balance right.”
Peacock’s return to the touchline wasn’t a happy one on Saturday with recent games taking their toll on the Dolly Blues.
He said: “I’m feeling good and I was glad to back, the result was just unfortunate.
“I thought we did okay in the first half but in the second we looking short on ideas and sluggish.
“The players have put a lot into the last few games and I think it showed.
“We’re looking forward to putting it right on Saturday.
“I want a reaction.”