WORKSOP Town have signalled their intent with one of the non league signings of the summer – the capture of striker Leon Mettam.
The 25-year-old drops down from the Conference North, where he netted 24 goals in 70 appearances for Gainsborough Trinity, and while he doesn’t know many of his new team-mates, he knows what he’s capable of.
“Worksop wanted a 30-goal a season man and in me that’s what they’ve seen. If I play 42 games I would back myself to get 25 or 30 goals,” he told the Guardian this week.
“The term ‘fox in the box’ has been used about me a few times and my main attribute is goalscoring.”
“I ended up the top goalscorer at Gainsborough without playing as many games as I would have liked.”
Mettam was released by Trinity boss Steve Housham at the end of the season, and the Blues boss said it was time for the front man to find a new club to get a starting berth.
His assessment of the situation mirrors that of Mettam’s.
“I’ve got good memories of Gainsborough, I had two seasons there and it’s a really good club,” he said.
“I had a couple of niggling injuries and although some players have found a home there, it didn’t feel like home to me.”
His new home is at Sandy Lane, under the watchful eyes of manager Simon Clark and his assistant Dave Frecklington.
The pair made it clear to Mettam that he was the man they wanted up front, and the striker was impressed with the ambition shown by the Northern Premier club.
“I know Simon and Dave quite well. I’ve heard good things about Simon’s coaching, and I worked for Frecks in my full-time job for four years,” he said.
“There were other offers on the table from the league above, Guiseley, Boston and Halifax were all interested.”
“But knowing what I know about Worksop now, and the vision the chairman Jason Clark has for the club and where they’re going, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make.”
“It’s only one level down from Conference North and sometimes you have to take a step back to take steps forward.” Most players who sign for Tigers seem to have come across their new team-mates at one stage or another, but for Mettam pre-season training will be an exercise in making new friends.
He told the Guardian: “I know Owain Warlow from Lincoln where we broke through together, but that’s about it.”
“There will be a lot of new faces but I’m looking forward to it.”
“The chairman and the manager told me a 30-goal striker was the part that was missing from the team, and I know that Jamie Jackson is a fan favourite and has been massive for the club, but whether or not he can score 30 in a season remains to be seen.”
“Regardless if it hits me on the back of the head and goes in, or if I can make a goal out of nothing, I’m here to score goals.”