Striker Anthony Elding pledges: I'll fight for Grimsby Town FC
"I'LL always give 100 per cent for this club and the shirt – when called upon, I'll always do my best."
Those were the words of Grimsby Town striker Anthony Elding as he underlined his commitment to the Mariners.
After a turbulent week in which the 30-year-old was refused a move to League One side Preston North End, Elding answered his critics in the best possible way on Tuesday.
Few who witnessed his stunning two-goal cameo from the bench at Barrow could accuse the Lincolnshire lad of not giving 100 per cent to the cause.
And while he admitted that another shot at league football appealed to him, his sole focus is now on achieving that aim with Grimsby.
Elding said: "At the end of the day, I'm a Grimsby Town player and it's my duty to perform to the best of my ability.
"First and foremost, I think it's important to stress that I do want to play football.
"That's what I said to the managers in private after the Mansfield game. I told them that I want to be playing.
"I'm 30 years old, I'm getting no younger and I still feel I've got a lot to offer the game."
Elding was one of the Mariners' shining lights last season, scoring 16 goals.
The striker became a real fans' favourite in the process as he and Liam Hearn terrorised Blue Square Bet Premier defences.
And the frontman sees no reason why he can't replicate that form this time round.
"No disrespect to this club or any other clubs that I've played for in the past, but I feel I'm good enough to play at this level" he added.
"I've read a few things from fans saying that I should earn my place and that they've been disappointed with me. But I will keep working hard and trying to do well for this club.
"In terms of my future, I'm a Grimsby Town player and until the gaffers tell me otherwise, I'll keep working hard for the club, the shirt and the fans."