CRAIG PEAD admits even he was shocked to make the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the second year running.
The Brentford right-back, who was voted in last season too while at Walsall, has - by his own admission - not had the best of seasons at Griffin Park.
But after starting the season under Terry Butcher in the centre of midfield, where he played when starting out at Coventry, Pead hopes Bees fans will see the best of him now he's playing in his preferred position.
Pead said: "You could say it was a bit of a surprise, it's not been one of my better seasons.
"To be fair, I'd say I've only played great in just 12 or 13 of the 27 matches I have started.
"But I'd have preferred to have played more games at right-back."
Pead was voted into the team, unsurprisingly dominated by MK Dons and Peterborough players, in a ballot by his fellow professionals.
He was then given a medal at the PFA awards dinner on Sunday night.
But the 26-year-old was happily forego personal accolades for a chance to win some silverware with Brentford.
Manager Andy Scott and the Brentford boardroom may be cagey about where they think the Bees should be challenging next season, but Pead is in no doubt.
He said: "A club like Brentford needs to be up there going for promotion, or at least the play-offs.
"It's been a disappointing season, we should have been up there. We had a bad start, then pulled it together again. It's been like two seasons in one.
"I couldn't really put my finger on what went wrong, but it was a whole new team put together in the summer, with new players and new formations - and it just didn't click."
Another overhaul in January after Andy Scott took over saw an upturn in form and talk of the play-offs, before Brentford's season fizzled out over the past few weeks.
But Pead is convinced Scott, who was awarded a five-year contract last week, is the man to lead the club forwards.
H e said: "He's a yo ung manager in his first job, but the new deal shows they want him to do it in the long term.
"We all know he wants to bring new players in over the summer, but competition for places keeps everybody on their toes.
"We now want to go to Stockport and put in a performance which will make us forget the last two (a 3-1 defeat at Lincoln and Saturday's 3 - 0 home defeat by Hereford).
" You don't want displays like that playing on your mind all summer. You want to go into the break on a high so you can start next season on a positive note."