Rene's target is to score 15

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STRIKING hope Rene Howe insists he will not be content with being a bit-part Posh player.

STRIKING hope Rene Howe insists he will not be content with being a bit-part Posh player.The big forward returns to former club Kettering Town tonight as part of Darren Ferguson's squad for a pre-season friendly at the A-Line Arena – and he is anxious to continue to stake his claim for a regular Posh starting place.

Howe, who cost a reported 100,000 when being signed from the Blue Square North outfit during the summer, is convinced he can stamp his class on League Two this season.

The 20 year-old is aiming to notch 15 goals and play a key role in firing Posh to promotion.

Howe said: "I've had plenty of time on the pitch during pre-season and I think I've done alright. I had a good game at Stevenage the other night but I would just like to get my first goal sooner rather than later.

"It would be nice to get it at Kettering and I'm really looking forward to returning. I never really had a chance to say goodbye as I didn't really expect to be leaving.

"A few clubs showed an interest but Peterborough were the ones who came up with the money and I was delighted to join them.

"But I haven't come here to play of the reserves – I want to be in the team and scoring goals. I'm aiming to score 15 and help win promotion which is what everyone at the club is after.

"There is so much ambition here and it is up to the players to go out there and make it happen. No-one can expect us to win every game but we will be doing our best to make sure we win the majority and get ourselves promoted."

Howe has already won glowing references from new boss Ferguson for his displays in the pre-season programme and he is loving every minute of life at London Road.

The summer move has not sparked that much of a culture shock as Howe was already a full-time footballer with tonight's opponents Kettering, but he is still adapting to the faster pace of league football.

Howe added: "I had a few expectations before coming here and everything is pretty much as I thought it would be.

"There are loads of players with talent in the non-league, but pace and fitness is the big difference when you come to a bigger club. The only way to get used to that is by working hard in training and matches which is what I'm doing.

"I've known Barry Fry for a long time as well. I'm a Bedford boy and live about half-a-mile away from him. I used to go to school with his children Amber and Frankie."

Posh are expected to take a full first-team squad to Kettering and several senior players will also be involved in a friendly at Billericay on Saturday.

Former Posh youngster Adam Fry is on trial at Kettering and is expected to be in the squad tonight.