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11 May 2021

John White said he would like to be part of the challenge to get Blues back in the Football League.

White, who is the club’s longest serving player having joined in 2013 and has gone on to make close to 300 appearances, said the 2020/21 season was nowhere near good enough.

And the defender said if he is part of next season’s squad then the current trajectory can’t continue.

"I think you’ve got to attack from the front and go for it," said White.

"It has to be a fresh start, it has to be, and we can’t let any of this linger on.

"Things in the last few games turned around a bit results wise and there was a shift in the mentality in how hard the team worked and how strong we’ve been.

"That’s something we have to take on but it’s going to be a learning curve for a fair few players.

"Whoever is here, it’s a matter of wearing the shirt with pride and doing that better than we’ve done this year."

White said back-to-back relegations is a horrible feeling but admitted performances and ultimately results weren’t good enough.

"When it finally hits home it hurts.

"It’s clear for everyone to see we are where we are for a reason and we weren’t good enough throughout the course of the season.

"It affects not just the players but the fans and everyone who works at the club. It affects everyone with regards to jobs, careers, lives; everything.

"It’s not an easy one to take and obviously we take full responsibility for that.

"It wasn’t good enough, it hasn’t been good enough and it’s ultimately caught up with us."

So with attention now turning to players’ futures, White was asked if he would like to be a part of turning the club’s fortunes around.

"Without a doubt," he said.

"I said when we went down from League One that it feels like unfinished business.

"I don’t feel like I can leave with things as they are.

"Ultimately it’s not down to me but I want to be here to fight and help push back in the right direction and building the club up to where it should be."

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