FORMER Town loan striker Luke Beckett insists he can still hit his 20-goal target for the season.
Beckett sat out the first eight games of the campaign with Oldham due to a knee-ligament injury, but the setback hasn't affected his high expectations.
The popular 28-year-old, who scored six goals in seven appearances for Town last season, is now working to regain full match fitness - and that's not far away after his welcome comeback as a substitute against Town in Oldham's 3-0 defeat last weekend.
Beckett, who has been a prolific scorer throughout his career, explained:
"My target before the season was to score 20 goals as a bare minimum, but hopefully more.
"If I'd been fit from the word go and playing in most of our games, the aim was more like 25.
"Obviously things haven't started too well, but I always feel capable of scoring and there's no way I'm changing my mind.
"Last season I managed 19 goals from 32 starts (with Stockport, Sheffield United, Town and Oldham), so there's plenty of time to make up for the games I've missed.
"The injury stopped me in my tracks, but I've been injured before and been able to start scoring as soon as I've come back.
"Hopefully that will happen again. The 20-goal target can definitely be achieved if I get back in our side."
Beckett, who damaged medial ligaments in the pre-season Isle of Man Festival, is on a season-long loan at Boundary Park from the Blades and shouldn't be too worried about not regaining his place.
He was instrumental in Oldham avoiding relegation last term and would be an automatic choice for most teams at League I level.
He is hoping to rekindle his successful partnership with Chris Killen. The duo played only eight games together last season - but they shared 10 goals.
Beckett returned to training early last week and was thrust back into the squad against Town despite there being no Reserve-team outing to sharpen him up.
But he looked a real threat with a series of late chances.
Beckett added: "I'll need a few games before I'm back to my best, but the rehab work has gone well.
"It's seven weeks since I was injured and the physio (Lee Nobes) has done well to help me recover. A couple more weeks out and I would have missed a quarter of the season, so it's great to be involved with all the lads again.
"I'll be behind with my fitness after missing a bit of pre-season, but I'd done a lot of work at Sheffield United.
"When you are waiting to find your feet, you can sometimes get by on enthusiasm and maybe the nous you've picked up down the years.
"I don't expect to go straight back in the team, but I'll be ready to score goals as soon as I get the chance."