SHARPSHOOTER Sam Reed is hoping to become the one thing every football manager desires — a 20-goal-a-season striker.
The Bury Town frontman netted 19 times last season to help the Blues finish third in the Ryman League Premier Division and just miss out on promotion through the play-offs.
But he is looking to go at least one better this time around as the Ram Meadow outfit prepare to embark on another push for the league title.
“I always aim for 20 or 25 goals if I stay fit all season,” he said. “To get anywhere around there is good, but I try to be more than just a goalscorer.”
Reed found himself as the lone forward for much of last season, but his work-rate helped him continue to be a success, as well as a healthy dose of advice from some more experienced colleagues.
“James Scowcroft has been an absolutely massive help for me,” he added. “He’s given me advice on movement and has been brilliant for me.
“I’ve also had some conversations with Roy Essandoh this summer.
“The advice they both give me is excellent because they have both played much higher than me and I’m always happy to learn.”
This time 12 months ago, Bury’s aim was consolidation in the Ryman Premier following promotion from step four via the Zamaretto Division One Midlands title.
But, one year and one title chase since, the Blues are confident of securing more silverware for the Ram Meadow trophy cabinet and pushing the Blues to their highest ever league status.
“We just missed out last year, but we’ve strengthened in quite a few places,” said Reed.
“We’ve brought in some very good players, so hopefully we have enough to actually win the league.
“We believe in our own ability and in everyone’s ability around us.
“If you had said to any of us about promotion at the start of last season, we probably would have laughed, but we saw last season that we were more than a match for everyone in our league.”