PETER JACKSON today called on Danny Schofield to respond positively to added competition for places at the Galpharm.
Town's manager signed Schofield from non-League Brodsworth six years ago and played him regularly in the promotion season from Division III.
Last time, however, Schofield was in and out of the team and the recruitment of Gary Taylor-Fletcher from Lincoln and Mark Hudson from Chesterfield has sparked speculation about Schofield's future prospects with Town.
Now Jackson has spelled out just what he expects of the 25-year-old trickster.
"Danny was very inconsistent last season, which is something you could say about everyone up to Christmas," he said.
"After an excellent season when we won promotion, I was a bit disappointed with him last time around and that's why he didn't figure as much.
"By his standards, he did not have a good season, and the arrival of Chris Brandon put more pressure on him."
Schofield has netted 29 goals for Town in 171 appearances, including six last term.
"Danny can play in numerous positions with his favourite up front, but he's also very useful slotting behind the front two and playing on either wing," added Jackson.
"He has quick feet and can score vital goals, so the £2,000 we paid to Brodsworth has to be among the best money we've spent in recent years.
"But Danny has to do more than last year and I'm looking for a better season from him all round this time."
While Schofield was involved in the fifth day of pre-season training today, utility man Nat Brown was meeting his new teammates at Lincoln after completing his transfer to the League II club.
The 24-year-old, with 83 Town outings to his name, has signed a one-year contract at Sincil Bank, not two as expected.
He still had a year on his Town deal, but was allowed to move in order to win regular first-team football.
Lincoln manager Keith Alexander acted quickly after Brown's proposed switch to Shrewsbury fell through because he was unable to agree personal terms.
Town chief Jackson said: "I'm delighted Nat has got himself fixed up because he's a great kid. He deserves to be playing first-team football but I just couldn't promise him that this season."