NEW Hartlepool United signing Scott Fenwick has only one thing on his mind – goals.
Pools boss Paul Murray has made the Dunston UTS striker his third signing since taking over at Victoria Park.
And while the 24-year-old Ebac Northern League hotshot will not be available for today’s FA Cup first-round clash with East Thurrock United – and any other subsequent ties – he is almost certain to feature in the squad for next Saturday’s League Two trip to Southend.
Fenwick, who has been given the number 17 shirt, is a natural goal scorer – something Pools have lacked since the transfer deadline day departure of player of the year Luke James.
Pools have netted just 12 goals in 16 games – only Blackpool have scored fewer times in the Sky Bet Football League.
Fenwick has already shown Murray what he can do on trial by scoring both Pools goals for the reserves in the midweek 2-1 victory over the forward’s hometown team, Gateshead.
“I am a goal scorer,” said Fenwick who has left behind a good job to sign for Pools.
“I think I am someone with the knack of being in the right place at the right time.
“But I am a team player as well – I am a lad who will put a shift in for the side.”
Fenwick says his first professional deal has “not sunk in yet” but is excited by the challenge.
He has impressed in training, as well as the reserve
derby, and has “loved” his week at the club.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” he said. “The environment and training has been brilliant and everyone has made me feel dead welcome.
“I am a quite confident lad so don’t mind introducing myself and getting to know people.
“I think I have fitted in straight away and I’ve had a mint week.
“Yes, the goals have helped but I’ve loved it here already.
“It’s may not have fully sunk in yet that I am a professional footballer, but I can’t wait for my first proper taste of pro life.
“I was at Gretna four years ago and I got a couple of minute on the pitch as a sub but then the club went bust and I came back to the North East.
“I can’t wait to get started here and hopefully challenge for a place in the squad for Southend.”
Given he has already found the back of the net twice, it would be a surprise if he did not feature.
He is a man on fire.
In 10 starts for Dunston, he scored 15 times and bagged four goals on trial at Sheffield United.
Throw in the brace in midweek at Billingham Town, that takes him to 21 for the season and the clocks have only just gone back.
“I believe I’ve got what it takes,” he told SportMail.
“I’ve found the net a lot of times in the Northern League over the last couple of seasons and that is a really competitive environment.”
The striker certainly deserves a chance.
Any fans who scoff that Fenwick has come from non league football should note that some notable Pools signings have come from the non-league route, like Jon Cullen, Paul Dalton, Michael Duckworth and Brian Honour to name just four.