Published: 06:00, 21 November 2019
| Updated: 09:36, 21 November 2019
Ebbsfleet’s Myles Weston is thriving on the extra responsibility this season.
One of only a handful of players still at Stonebridge Road from last term, Weston has stepped up to the plate with five goals and a string of eye-catching displays.
It certainly appears that the 31-year-old wideman is putting his experience to good use.
“I feel like I need to score more goals,” said Weston. “Last season I didn’t score any and now I’ve got five.
“It was one of my goals to score a lot more than I have. Now, every time I play I try to score. Obviously I don’t want to be greedy but any time the chance comes along then my focus is on it a lot more than what I did have.
“I just think in my position you have to contribute in so many ways.
“You can’t just be a defender, you can’t just be an assist guy, you have to chip in everywhere. If you want to play on the wing or as a wing-back, you have to do everything.
“You can’t just be good at defending or attacking, you have to chip in with all of it. That’s my mindset, just to do as well as I can in all areas.”
That positive mindset is helped by the Fleet’s financial problems being put behind them.
It’s only nine months since the previous squad went public over late payment of wages.
But Weston, who took a pay cut to stay at Stonebridge Road, is happy to be thinking only about matters on the pitch again.
“It’s a lot better,” he said. “That’s all we should do anyway. I don’t like thinking about it or talking about it.
“We just get on with it because that’s in the past now. Now I’m just looking forward.”
Weston has been used in various roles this season - so what one does he prefer?
"I’m happy with my goals," he continued. "I’m just trying to do the best I can for the team and the best for myself.
"Anywhere the gaffer wants me to play then I will. I was lucky enough to score two goals (against Hartlepool) so I’m buzzing with that.
"Most of my career I have played the left or the right, this season I’ve spent most of my time on the right and I’m comfortable there. If he wants me to play on the left, I’m comfortable there.
"Last season I played a lot down the right, at the moment I’m probably more comfortable there as it gives me more options.
"On the left, I think I’m more direct on one side but on the right I can then go either way."
Fleet still sit in the National League relegation zone but there is hope of a successful survival bid under new boss Kevin Watson.
Weston praised departed manager Garry Hill - but acknowledged that Watson's approach has given the squad a lift.
"He’s brought a freshness to the club," added Weston. "It’s a little bit more detailed, everyone knows there job a bit better and that’s no disrespect to Garry Hill as he is a good manager.
"He did well last season when he took over but Kevin has come in now and brought a freshness to the club. That’s all it is, it’s football though. Managers get sacked every day.
"He’s come in, said what he wants to do and everyone has brought into it. I’m not saying we didn’t buy into Garry Hill’s thinking, maybe it just got too flat.
"That’s all it was, that’s nothing against Garry Hill as I think he’s a good manager and I wish him all the best when he gets another job."
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