Spectacular free-kicks, deadly set-piece deliveries and a tigerish attitude on the pitch have made Conor Sellars the frontrunner for the 2014/15 Worksop Town Player of the Year.
Tigers fans hold him in very high esteem, many noting – with a hint of worry in their voices – that he could and probably should be playing at a higher level.
They’re evidently enjoying the 22-year-old’s presence at Sandy Lane.
And while he admits harbouring ambitions to climb back up the football pyramid, Sellars is loving his football, a revelation that may put a few minds at ease in the stands.
Sellars told the Guardian: “Ever since I arrived I was made to feel welcome, and I’m really enjoying it.”
“I think we play some great football and it’s a great bunch of lads.”
“It’s really nice to play in a team where the manager encourages you to pass the ball and move and create space, and not just hoof it into the channel.”
“I’ve had a lot of injuries, I was out for two years with a broken leg, so being somewhere I can go out and play once or twice a week is really benefitting me.”
In tight games, it’s players like Sellars you look to for a bit of creativity or flair, and it’s a role he doesn’t shy away from.
“Set-pieces, goals, assists and link up play, that’s my game really,” he said.
“I didn’t really set a target for goals before the season because I didn’t know the league, but after a few games I said to myself that I’d be happy with between 15 and 20.”
“But now I’d be happy with somewhere in the 20s for the season.”
Four of the Worksop Town leading scorer’s 13 goals have come from direct free-kicks, with Saturday’s effort against Glasshoughton a particularly impressive one.
There’s a noticeable buzz around the ground whenever Tigers win a free-kick anywhere within 35 yards of goal.
Sellars revealed that he has different techniques, depending on the distance between the dead ball and the back of the net.
“The one at the weekend was one of the closest I’ve scored, and with those I just want to get the ball up and down as quickly as possible,” he explained.
“From further away I try to get the ball to wobble, so the keeper can’t tell where it’s going.”
“I try to hit it cleanly, in a certain way, and sometimes they go wide but sometimes they go in.”
Impressive performances and eye catching goals will undoubtedly attract attention from clubs higher up the pyramid.
Sellars has experience of life beyond the NCEL Premier, thanks to spells at Middlesborough, Portugese club CF Faõ, IF Hottur in Iceland and most recently Harrogate Town.
He’d like a return to that level, Conference North at the very least, but for now he’s willing to be patient.
“My ambition is to hopefully play full-time again, I’m not saying I will get there, but I want to.”
“I’d be happy to get back to the Conference North, in the long term I couldn’t turn down something at a much higher level.”
“But at the moment I’m really happy and really enjoying my football at Worksop.”
Aside from his offensive output, another feature of Sellars’ game is his vocal contribution to each game, offering his advice and feedback – often in fairly strong terms – to team-mates, the opposition and sometimes even the referee.
He admits he wants to get the best out of those around him, and expects a lot from himself.
But when asked if his surname adds to the pressure he feels, the son of former Leeds United, Newcastle and Bolton star Scott Sellars isn’t so sure.
“I wouldn’t say it adds pressure.”
“It’s a tough question.”
“He’s been to a few games and he’s always there to help or give me advice. Even if I have a good game he’s still wanting me to get better.”
“It’s good to have him involved but he wants me to make my own decisions.”
“He knows I want to play a lot higher as well, but he knows I’m really happy at Worksop too.”