Billy Kee is determined to hit the goal trail next season and help Stanley into League One.

The striker scored 15-goals this season but missed around a month of the season as he battled depression.

He knows he will always struggle with mental health issues but feels he is now in a good place and is looking forward to the new campaign after Stanley finished 13th this time out.

“I have spoken about my depression and I now need to enjoy the break while also looking forward to next season,” said the 26-year-old.

“The gaffer (John Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) have always believed we are good enough to get into League One and I will be the first admit I wasn’t sure when they said it but last year we nearly did it.

“That still hurts missing out on automatic promotion by one goal and this season, we went on a great 15-game unbeaten run but then let ourselves down with two defeats after getting ourselves into such a good position.

“We left it too late but we finished on a high by beating Stevenage and there are plenty of positives for next season.”

Kee admitted it was nice to sign off in style by overcoming  play-off chasing Stevenage, who held Stanley to a goalless draw on the final day of last season which stopped the Reds celebrating automatic promotion.

“That win was for the fans, we owed Stevenage one from last year and you could tell that by our performance. It meant a lot to the players who were here last year to win that game and it was spot on.

“The goalless draw last season cost the club promotion, it cost the club and the players money and we want to be in League One.

“We want to be pushing as hard as we can and we have shown, in the last 18 games of this season,  what we are about.

“We have got a good squad already assembled for next year and we can push on.”

Kee scored a double at the Lamex Stadium – one a penalty – to sign off his season on  a high. Seamus Conneely scored the other in the 3-0 win, also from the spot with Kee off the pitch.

“I don’t mind penalties, I always put my foot through them and I sent their keeper the wrong away,” said Kee.

“Seamus scored a great penalty too and it meant a lot to him as it was his first goal of the season. If I was on the pitch would I have let him take it? Probably not as I was on for a hat-trick but I would probably have missed as I usually only score in pressure situations and there was no pressure on that!

“I was aiming for 17 goals this season but I have made it known about my issues and I missed some of the season so 15 is ok.

“I really believe we can compete with the best next season. I think we are a top three team and hopefully we will show it. We beat Plymouth, Portsmouth and Doncaster this season, all promoted, and we know we can compete with the top teams – but I think it will be more about them having to compete with us.”