Whilst Saturday may be the last of his professional playing career, manager Gareth Ainsworth is already looking towards a prosperous 2013/14 campaign.
Ainsworth agreed a deal to manage the Blues for a further two years on Monday and believes his young group of players are perfectly readied to learn and improve from an eventful campaign.
“Lee Harrison has tweeted a few times this year that the youth team has done brilliantly and he’s not far wrong,” he told Chairboys Player.
“It’s been a real eye opener for a lot of people and we’ve got some real good young prospects at this club, and some good old players believe me!
“But to see the youngsters come through this season has been so exciting and it’s something we can build on. It’s been excellent to see and hopefully we can build a good squad around these young lads who now have 30/40 games under their belts.”
The current crop of youngsters are a few hundred appearances behind their manager who will bow out with his 600th and final outing against Port Vale.
Gaz didn’t take the decision to hang up his boots lightly but believes Saturday’s game is a fitting curtain call on an illustrious playing career.
He added: “It’s a big thing, I’ve spoken to a lot of people who are close to me and everyone seems to agree it’s probably best for me to go out on a high. I don’t want to be remembered for a career that whimpered out and tailed off. To have a day like where I can make my 600th appearance against Port Vale, one of my former clubs, it seems to be set up perfectly.
“I want to finish on a high this season and put everything I’ve got into management next season.”
Ainsworth, who turns 40 in May, has steered the Blues away from the foot of the Football League since taking permanent charge in November with an impressive average of 1.53 points per game - a tally that would see the side currently occupy seventh place if it had been sustained the entire season.
And Gaz is eager for fans to come back in their droves next season as he aims to continue his success in his first permanent managerial position.
“To be signing this contract means a lot to me, it’s enormous. I’m really thankful to everyone that’s helped me achieve this and I want to pay all the Trust back and all the support back by working so hard to get Wycombe higher and higher in the league and, like I’ve said, bring back the glory days.”
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