Luke James is determined to earn his place in the striker section of the London Road Hall of Fame.
It’s a bold ambition for a 20-year-old who scored on his Peterborough United debut as a substitute on September 2 and hasn’t scored since.
James has started seven times and been employed as a substitute on five other occasions without finding the net again, but a glimpse of the potential that persuaded Posh to fork out close to £500k to Hartlepool for his services was spotted in two 90-minute run-outs over Christmas.
James was bought to replace free-scoring Britt Assomablonga, one of the star players he now wants to emulate.
And a difficult start in a team now completely out of form has not put him off.
“People don’t realise that moving from League Two to League One is quite a step-up,” James stated. “I don’t think I realised it myself, but it’s quicker and it’s more physical.
“I will cope with that, but it also took me a while to settle in after moving away from home for the first time.
“I have no regrets though. This club has a reputation for developing young strikers from lower divisions and I want to be as successful as them.
“I have been lucky enough to play with a couple of them in Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean and they have been a big help.
“I sent Craig a farewell thank you message when he left as some of the tips he gave me have been invaluable.
“Ironically Craig leaving has given me the chance to start in the last two matches. I feel I did quite well in the games, but obviously I would love a goal and more importantly the team needs a win.
“I’m not obsessed with scoring, but I realise it’s part of my job.
“If I set a goal up for a team-mate and we win 1-0 that’s just as satisfying for me as scoring the goal myself. If the team’s happy I’m happy.
“I’ve had to be patient, but I accept I hadn’t done enough to get in the side. Hopefully I have now and that I will play in an important game against Colchester.
“In the past I’ve played for a team that won just two matches in six months and all you can do is come to the training ground and work as hard as possible to turn things around.
“That’s what is happening here. The coaching staff and the players are giving everything, every day.”