MCALISKEY GOAL PLEDGE
MCALISKEY GOAL PLEDGE
Evening Post, 02 July 2007
John McAliskey today set himself a minimum target of 15 goals for Mansfield this season.
The 6ft 4ins striker, who has agreed a one-year deal with the Stags, is looking forward to a fresh challenge after falling out of favour at Huddersfield.
And the 22-year-old reckons with a regular first-team place he can get on the score-sheet on a regular basis.
"A few clubs were after me but the idea of playing first-team football appealed," said McAliskey. "I never really got a decent run in the team at Huddersfield and, even when I did well, they would just bring back other players when they were fit again.
"That was always frustrating because it is hard to make an impact when you are being used as substitute and only getting 20 minutes here and there.
"I think playing regularly will make a big difference to me and I hope I can do a job for Mansfield.
"It's not just about goals, but I would hope I can get between 15 and 25 in the season, providing I am in the team regularly.
"The only time I have had any kind of a run at Huddersfield was when I first got into the first team and I got a few goals then, so hopefully it will be the same here."
Huddersfield born and bred, McAliskey was disappointed to be released by the Terriers.
But he is hoping to prove them wrong - especially in a friendly against his former team next month.
McAliskey said: "Hopefully I can prove a few people wrong and show what I can do.
"Sometimes moving away from what you know can be a good thing and that's the way I look at it. I'm looking forward to the new season now.
"We will be playing against Huddersfield in pre-season and I think I will have a mixed reception.
"There will probably be some who think I didn't do enough when I had the chance and some who thought I never really got a chance.
"It would be nice to score a goal against them."
Although he knows little about his new boss, McAliskey insists Billy Dearden's excellent reputation goes before him. "I have heard lots of good things about him from some of the coaches at Huddersfield," he said.
"He is well regarded in the game and has plenty of experience so it will be good to work with him."
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