Fleetwood Town forward Wes Burns hopes getting off the mark in pre-season can set the tone for a goal-den year at Highbury.
The 23-year-old only netted twice last season for Town but, after Uwe Rosler’s departure and a period rebuilding his confidence under John Sheridan, he is raring to go this term under new boss Joey Barton.
Burns was mainly used off the bench by Rosler but has already found the net in pre-season during the 4-1 win over STK Flumines Samarin in Hungary.
He now hopes the goals will come in the league as he aims to rediscover the form he showed in his first spell, having been loaned from Bristol City.
He said: “It is always good to get a goal in pre-season because it sets the tone for the season.
“The lads have been playing some superb football and it gives us strikers attempts on goal and I was glad to get one in Hungary.”
Barton brought the players back in earlier than most of the division as preparations began on June 18.
Burns says that has boosted fitness levels and will give them an advantage when the new season starts.
He said: “The things we have been working on, on the training ground, we have been replicating in games now so the gaffer is pleased.
“We’ve been putting the hard work in nearly every day since we came back in.
“We had that extra week that has given us a boost on every other team in the league.
“Going into the season, hopefully that will give us a little advantage to take into the game.
“The main thing about pre-season is getting minutes into the lads and getting used to playing together again and fitness.”