Waide Fairhurst believes he can score the goals to become Boston United’s latest hotshot striker.
Pilgrims fans have been spoilt for marksmen over the past four seasons, with Marc Newsham and Dayle Southwell both reaching the 30-goal mark and Ricky Miller netting 28 times in his single campaign with the club.
While Fairhurst is quick to play down any comparisons with those strikers, the former Doncaster Rovers and Macclesfield Town forward says he has arrived at the Jakemans Stadium brimming with confidence.
“I won’t compare myself to the previous strikers,” he told The Standard, pointing out he is very much his own man.
“I just know I can score goals, and I will score goals.
“I’ll work my socks off for this team.”
Last season was a frustrating one for the 27-year-old as injury sidelined him for most of the campaign, missing out on the highs and lows as FC Halifax Town were relegated from the National League before winning the FA Trophy at Wembley.
But after leaving the Shay, Fairhurst is determined to rebuild his career with the Pilgrims, even turning down the advances of some National League outfits to accept Dennis Greene’s offer.
“My target is to score as many goals and to play as many games as possible,” he told The Standard.
“Last season I was injured. It’s just good to be back playing games and getting minutes.
“There’s no shadow of a doubt goals will come this season, I’m not worried about that.”
Fairhurst admits to being excited by the supply line, with wingers such as Callum Chippendale and Jason St Juste joining Jay Rollins at the club.
“It’s exciting. We’ve got a lot of good players here,” he continued. “The manager will have a headache all season as we’ve got good players and all work hard for the team.
“That’s why I’ve signed here. I could have gone to a few clubs in the Conference Premier, but I chose to come here because of the club’s stature and they’re going for promotion.
“It’s a great club with a good manager.”