Aldershot Town boss Terry Brown was keeping his feet well and truly planted to floor when asked about the short odds his side had received on achieving Conference success next term.

According to Brown, the bookies appear to know something he doesn't about his squad of players and he feels that the smart man would keep his stake away from the 14-1 shot granted to his side.

The Shots boss said: "Hand on heart, I wouldn't bet on us with those odds. I think that they are based on the name of Aldershot Town and the fact that we are a big club more than anything else."

And despite going along with the favourites that sit in front of his boys, he also added a few other names to the list citing full-time football as a major influence on where teams end up next May.

"The favourites are certainly going to be the full-time sides," claimed Brown. "We are still a good season away from going full-time but as well as Stevenage, Chester and Morecombe the likes of Telford and Hereford will be doing the same."

Speaking about the future of the club and the possibility of such a move, the boss added: "I have contracted players who wouldn't want to go full-time but we are keen to bring in some young boys who would choose that option.

"This week there is going to be a few decisions made about some of the current players though as I am not in a rush to sign new players just at the moment. I need to put my current players to bed first."

One of those players who is still considering his future at the club is Aaron McLean.

The former Leyton Orient striker has options to move elsewhere and Brown's words did not echo confidence through the ranks of Shots fans that were hoping to catch another glimpse of their man in red and blue.

"We are in discussions with his agent at the moment. He is considering several options —including some from professional clubs. He is in a position where he can take his time but I think he would like to get back into league football. We shall just have to wait and see."

So, after a tireless league campaign there appears to be no rest for the wicked as the hard work continues down at the Rec for the determined boss.

So, if Brown was not prepared to put his money on the Shots making a charge for the Conference title, then where would his green be going in terms of reaping some success?

"I think if Shrewsbury can keep their squad in tact then they stand a great chance. It pains me to say it but I think Stevenage will have a good year as well. They have a fantastic set-up there.

"With regards to us, my thinking is that the move from the Ryman League to the Conference is similar to that from division one to the Premiership. Next year is a case of us finding our feet and just enjoying our football in the Conference."

l Aldershot Town's Under-16 side won the National Lions Cup at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on Saturday.

They beat Codland Colts from Solihull 4-3 to bring more silverware to the club in a fantastic year.