BROWN SETS 20-GOAL TARGET
STAGS STRIKER BROWN SETS 20-GOAL TARGET
Evening Post, 12 July 2006
Fit-again Stags striker Simon Brown wants 20 goals in the new season.
The 22-year-old hitman had his 2005-2006 campaign wrecked by injury as he missed games because of a hamstring pull and then a hernia that required surgery.
Even so, former West Brom trainee Brown still managed 12 goals before his season ended early in April for the hernia operation.
Now back in training with the Stags and having signed a new one-year contract, Brown cannot wait to get cracking.
"I am looking to get past the 20-goal mark and hopefully I will get there. I got 12 last year when I was in and out of the side.
"So this year if I can stay fit then I think I can achieve it and if I do then I will be happy.
"I did quite well playing alongside Richard Barker and we also have other good strikers in Danny Reet, Chris Beardsley and Adam Birchall, who can play up there if required.
"There is competition for places and I know I am not guaranteed a starting place by any means.
"But with those players and myself we have plenty of options and the potential for goals and I don't think they will be a problem this season."
Barker led the way in the goalscoring charts for the Stags last season with 23 in all competitions.
Brown feels he has learned much from the experienced Mansfield captain and is looking forward to continuing what has been a dangerous partnership in the past.
He said: "Richie has been superb since he has been here and he has certainly helped me with my game.
"He is always talking to you when you are on the pitch and telling you where you should be making your runs."
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