BOSS Peter Jackson is backing Gary Taylor-Fletcher to be a hot shot in Town colours this term.
Despite a blank pre-season so far for the 24-year-old arrival from Lincoln City, Jackson is confident Taylor-Fletcher will be a potent force in League I.
Taylor-Fletcher scored 11 goals at Sincil Bank last season, mostly from midfield, and Jackson believes he'll finish well above that tally playing alongside the likes of Andy Booth, Pawel Abbott and a posse of creative midfielders.
"Fletch just needs to get off the mark and, once he does, he will score a lot of goals for this club," said Jackson, who is likely to include his signing against AFC Emley at the Welfare Ground tomorrow night (7.00).
"I'm certainly not worried that he hasn't found the net so far because his training and his overall game has been spot on.
"Fletch has slotted in well, his attitude is excellent and he's a tremendous addition to the squad.
"He is versatile enough to play anywhere in midfield or up front and I think he's shown already how sharp he is around the box.
"Fletch will create plenty of chances for himself, but he also links well with the other lads and, with a bit more luck, he would already have a few goals under his belt."
Jackson has yet to finalise his squad to play Emley, but he will definitely not risk back-up goalkeeper Phil Senior.
The 22-year-old is aiming to be back in full training at Storthes Hall tomorrow after recovering from a knock, but Academy keeper Simon Eastwood will definitely play against the newly-formed club while Adnan Ahmed will continue his recovery schedule from knee trouble.
Town also hope to have Nathan Clarke (thigh) back in full training in the next 24 hours with a view to playing against Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday (3.00).
Meanwhile, Town Juniors warmed up for two fixtures at Storthes Hall with a 1-1 draw at Tranmere yesterday, Lucas Atkins scoring their goal.
John Dungworth's side play Blackburn at home tomorrow (1.00) and Bradford City on Friday, again at Storthes Hall at 1pm.