Marc Newsham knows he’ll have to earn a place in Gainsborough’s starting line-up, and if he does he’s sure goals will follow.
The striker, who left Boston United last week after six seasons to move to their Lincolnshire rivals Trinity, is a proven goalscorer at this level.
He hit the net 110 times for the Pilgrims – a statistic he reels off without a second hesitation.
The 28-year-old has the self belief that frontmen need – the confidence that if he’s fit, and starting games, then he’ll be in the goals.
He doesn’t come across as arrogant, however.
When asked who he was most looking forward to linking up with in the Gainsborough attack, he replied: “I’ve got to earn my place, I know I’m not just going to walk into the starting line-up.
“Hopefully I can impress in pre-season, and win that place.
“Nathan Jarman has been around this level and higher and scored a lot of goals, we’ve got Danny Forrest and Darryn Stamp, there’s good competition for places and I think you need that.
“I just want a good pre-season and I believe that if I do then I can score goals.”
Moving from Boston to Gainsborough, or vice versa, is hardly as taboo as departing Liverpool for Manchester United, or Celtic for Rangers.
But those who do often suffer a backlash, as Newsham’s good friend Jamie Yates and others have discovered.
There was a lot for Newsham to consider when choosing between a contract at the Martin and Co Arena and the mere promise of a chance to shine in pre-season at The Jakesmans Stadium.
But the reaction of the supporters wasn’t as prevalent in his mind as other factors.
“I had two to three weeks to think about it,” he said.
“Steve rang me and told me about his ambitions and the new signings and left it at that, there was no pressure.
“I’ve just got married so I spoke to my wife about it, weighing up a contract on one hand and a risk on the other.
“I know a few of the lads at Gainsborough, I’ve got a good friend there in Jamie and in terms of travelling it’s closer to my base.
“It was a tough decision, I’ve been there six years, it’s a great club and I’ve made a lot of friends, but there wasn’t an offer on the table and it was nice to be wanted by Gainsborough.
“It will be strange running out against Boston but I’ve got to be professional, I’m a Blue now and I want to do my best for them – I can’t dictacte what the crowd will be like, if it’s good or bad I’ll deal with it.”
While Newsham viewed Boston’s offer of pre-season involvement and no contract as a risk, it’s likely that the Pilgrims wanted reassurance over his fitness.
He struggled to get back into Dennise Greene’s side last season after recovering from a knee injury, but insists he has no concerns over his fitness.
“From November I was free of injury, I just couldn’t get in the team because we had two strikers scoring for fun, so I struggled for match fitness.
“I started my pre-season running a few weeks back.
“I don’t think any footballer truthfully enjoys pre-season, it’s a necessary evil.
“I might not enjoy all the running but we start training a week on Saturday and I’m looking forward to it.”
And if he’s fit, chances are he’ll be firing for his new side.