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Thomas Ince Aims To Keep Improving

Posted: Tue 07 May 2013
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Winger Looks To Build On Awards Haul

Thomas Ince is determined to keep working hard after a season of fantastic personal achievement. 

The 21-year-old, who finished the campaign on 18 goals and 14 assists, picked up five Player of the Year awards on Saturday night, adding to his England Under-21 caps and other accolades over the last 12 months. 

But the former Liverpool winger isn't one for getting complacent and is already focused on improving again next time out. 

"Individually it's been fantastic, I didn't expect to get 18 goals and get quite a few assists as well. To pick up awards means a lot to me but I wouldn't be collecting awards if it wasn't for the players who do the naughty side of the game. There's many factors that have been great for me, but most of all it's down to these players and this football club that have allowed me to develop and be the player that I've been," he told the official website.

"I look back now and I think I've had a good season but it can't stop here, I can't be complacent. I have to keep going, keep getting strong and keep doing what I'm doing.

"Unfortunately we'd have liked to have done better in the league but circumstances happened and we've just been able to do what we need to do, and that was to stay up. We'll now go again next year."

Manager Paul Ince has praised his son's attitude and willingness to improve, with his decision to move to Blackpool paying dividends for his career.  

"He's never got carried away with himself, even at Liverpool," he said. "As a kid he was always grounded and he respects everybody. He was prepared to go to Notts County when he could have stayed at Liverpool and he was prepared to come to Blackpool when he could sign a four-year contract at Liverpool. He wanted to play football and he wanted to show people what he could do. 

"I'm proud that he's a good kid more than anything, but it's also great to see him pick up achievements at The Football League Awards and on Saturday night. The most important thing is that he plays for the team, he's not an individual and he gets on well with the lads," he added.