Morecambe new boy Sampson out to keep starting spot

Jack Sampson leading the line against Wolves.
Jack Sampson leading the line against Wolves.

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.”