CONFIDENT Jack Compton admits he is feeling more settled off the pitch and is looking to repay the faith shown in him with more goals and assists on it.
Compton told SportMail that he struggled at times last season living so far away from his young family back home in Cardiff.
But he believes he has matured over the past 12-months and is now looking to repay Colin Cooper’s faith by doubling his goal effort from last season.
The popular winger has set himself a target of netting 10 goals and providing 10 assists when the new 2014-15 season gets underway next month.
The 25-year-old was Cooper’s first signing when he got the manager’s job last summer and went on to make 39 appearances, scoring five goals and making three assists.
Figures the Cardiff-born schemer is looking to improve upon this time round.
Compton told SportMail: “I set myself a target last season of 10 goals and 10 assists.
“I will try my very best to achieve that for Hartlepool United this season.
“I only managed five goals last year and I want to improve the number of assists as well.
“For me, the target this year is 10 goals and 10 assists and let’s see if I can match that,” added Compton, who was speaking ahead of this afternoon’s pre-season friendly away at Whitby Town.
Compton enjoyed his debut campaign at Pools under the stewardship of Cooper but admits it was tough at times in the North East being so far away from his nearest and dearest.
The former Bradford, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion winger said: “I enjoyed my first season at the club but I had a lot of family problems being so far away from home.
“But I think I can cope with that now much better and I have grown up a lot over the past year and can deal better with certain things.
“Hopefully, that won’t affect me this year and I can carry on with the sort of good form that I showed in September and October last season.”
Indeed, he did play a key role in the upturns of Pools’ fortunes when the club recorded four wins out of five last October, including a stunning Compton brace away at Mansfield.
If he could produce that kind of form on a more consistent basis this season then fans and his manager alike will be more than happy.
When Cooper was appointed last summer he was keen to work again with Compton, having worked with him while he was in temporary charge at Bradford City.
Compton has already had his fair share of football clubs after beginning his career with Portsmouth he then moved on to West Bromwich Albion as a 17-year-old, gaining experience on loan with non-league sides Weymouth and Lewes.
Compton then had a short stay with Brighton & Hove Albion followed by spells with Havant & Waterlooville and Weston Super-Mare before heading to Scotland with Falkirk.
It was during his spell north of the border that he spent time on loan at Bradford City and he made an impression on Cooper.
And the winger was always keen to team up again with his former gaffer.
Compton told SportMail: “One of the reasons I came to the club in the first place was because of the manager.