May 17 2012 By Matt Lewis
Chesham United striker Simon Thomas
CHESHAM United top scorer Simon Thomas has handed the club a major boost by revealing he is happy to stay at The Meadow next season.
The striker joined Andy Leese’s side last summer after being released from Grays Athletic and plundered 22 league goals in a successful debut campaign.
Thomas struck the last of those in the play-off semi-final loss to AFC Totton as Chesham narrowly missed out on promotion from the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
But despite suffering heartbreak against the Stags, the 27-year-old is not looking to move on and has revealed he intends to sit down with Leese and make plans for another title tilt next season.
“It’s down to Andy to decide,” said Thomas. “I’m not under contract here but I am sure we will sit down together and decide if he wants to keep me.
“I want to be playing week in week out and if the gaffer can give me that opportunity then I am happy to stay here.”
Thomas’ impressive goals tally put an end to midfielder Steve Wales’ reign as leading scorer at The Meadow for the past two seasons.
However, the powerful 6ft hitman admits he could have scored more if he had the help of a strike partner alongside him in a more attacking formation.
“I scored 22 in the league, but it’s been a tough season for me,” he added. “I understand the frustration at times from the fans and my team-mates because I should be scoring more than I have done this year.
“At the end of the day, to get 20-plus in this league is brilliant. The gaffer has gone with a 4-5-1 formation as well this season so it’s been harder for me on my own.”
And having gone so close to reaching the Blue Square South earlier this month, the former Crystal Palace youngster believes Leese needs to keep the current Generals crop together.
“If the gaffer can keep the team together next season I’m sure we’ll do very well,” he added.