After that unbeaten pre-season was it frustrating to lose the opening Under-21 league game against Liverpool?
Normally, it’s the other way round - you can lose in the friendlies but then win the first game in the league. We’ve done it the opposite way around and it wasn’t the best start, to be honest, but we’ve got other games coming up and can hopefully do better in those. It's a different league so it’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out.
One trophy is already in the bag this season – the Lancashire Senior Cup. How important is it to maintain that winning mentality?
It was good winning a trophy before the start of the season although I am never quite sure why that particular final is played at that time [Lancashire Senior Cup knockout ties are traditionally played in one season, with the final staged at the start of the next]. But we always want to win every game and that’s the main objective. To play well in addition is a bonus.
What would you say is your best position as you’re not an out-and-out striker?
My favourite role is the No10 but, as long as I’m on the field, hopefully I can influence things wherever I play. It is a hard position to make stick as you’ve got to play well in every game there.
What are your ambitions for the season ahead?
To start near enough every game, if I can, and score as many goals as possible. Hopefully, I can get as close to the first team as I can really. I want to just keep developing and get some experience in the league.