Paul Mullin hopes his up and down debut season at Morecambe will serve him well for the future.
The 20-year-old has not started much of late but came off the bench on Easter Monday to complete the Shrimps’ late comeback against Bury.
The former Huddersfield man said: “I was a bit disappointed not to start but when you come off the bench it’s always good to get goals and create chances.
“Hopefully I can build on that and try and get myself back in the team.”
Following academy football at Huddersfield and Liverpool, Mullin’s breakthrough came with five goals in four games for the Shrimps last August from which he was offered a two-year contract. He admitted his first full season of senior football had been tough at times.
Mullin said: “I enjoyed the first six months and I was happy with the way it was going but since Christmas I haven’t quite been enjoying it as much.
In the second half of the season I’ve found myself out of the team and it’s been hard to get through it. But you’ve just got to keep working hard and see where it takes you
“That’s obviously down to not playing as many games but hopefully now I can now move forward.
“I didn’t score as many goals as I thought I would. In the second half of the season I’ve found myself out of the team and it’s been hard to get through it.
“But you’ve just got to keep working hard and see where it takes you.
“I wasn’t really expecting to be playing as much as I have done so I’m looking forward to next season and hopefully getting better.”
Competition for places has meant the Merseyside striker has often had to take a back seat in 2015.
He said: “All the lads have done well - all scoring a similar number of goals.
“It’s shows some strength when everyone’s been doing well and it is hard to get back in the team.
“Jack (Redshaw) and Kevin (Ellison) are determined so if they’re playing well and scoring it’s hard to get in there - it’s competitive but that’s the way football is.”
While the Shrimps’ away form has been impressive their home form remains patchy with just one point from their last five games at the Globe Arena.
Mullin said the home slump remains frustrating but the squad were working hard in training to put things right – starting against Portsmouth on Saturday.
He said: “You think if we’d have put our chances away we would have been right up there in the play-offs.
“We’ve beaten Bury home and away and Burton away who are both at the top of the league - so it’s frustrating when we’re playing teams at home who we should be doing better against.
“When we play teams at home who are near the bottom of the league we shouldn’t have any pressure on us - we’ve just struggled to stamp our mark on the game and it’s something we can work towards for next year.”
With the play-offs out of reach the target for the Shrimps now appears to be the 60 point mark.
Mullin said: “We’re not chasing a specific number but yes we want to get as many points as we possibly can and finish as high as we can.
“That’s what we’ve been about all season - we’ve never looked behind us and always looked forwards to see how high we can finish.”