Morecambe new boy Jack Sampson is relishing the prospect of an extended run of first-team football.
The former Bolton front man spent time on loan at Accrington and Southend in League 2 but feels now is the time to establish himself.
The 20-year-old said: “I’ve been out on loan, I’ve played the league before, I’m just happy to be there and thereabouts around the starting 11 now.
“First-team football is all I want. I think I’m at that stage where in my career I should be pushing on.”
The strong striker has had a chance to impress immediately, starting the first two games of the season after injuries to fellow attackers Jack Redshaw, Kevin Ellison and Marcus Marshall. Sampson said: “I’m trying to focus on my game.
“There’s been a few setbacks for the lads but we’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing and hopefully we can get a few wins under our belts.”
The Wigan-born forward has impressed with his physical presence, which he hopes can be a real asset to the Shrimps.
He said: “I’ve been told that I am good at the target man role and I think I bring that to the team, it’s something different and hopefully can help the team go further.”
But it is goals Sampson will be judged on as a striker.
He said: “I set little targets for each game and then I set targets for longer term.
“If I get anything more than double figures I’ll be really happy.”
It it perhaps a sign of how highly-rated Sampson is at the Globe Arena that he was handed the number nine shirt, something which he hopes to grow into.
He said: “It’s nice to have it, as number nine is the main striker traditionally.
“But you’ve got to earn your starting place and hopefully I can do that.”