Hartlepool United striker Jake Cassidy is determined to put a frustrating first season at Victoria Park behind him, say The Hartlepool Mail.

And he hopes a more free-flowing, attacking brand of football deployed by new boss Matthew Bates can not only improve his goalscoring chances, but also Pools’ promotion hopes. Cassidy is one of four players battling it out to start the campaign as Hartlepool’s main striker. Luke James, Marcus Dinanga and Niko Muir – all signed this summer by Bates – have added competition to Cassidy’s previously unblocked route to the starting XI.

It is a far cry from last season, when Pools had to week after week patch Cassidy up, not long back from injury, to lead the charge. Now there are no guarantees he will even make the side, come next Saturday. This is not bad thing, according to Cassidy, who admits he was frustrated with his five-goal tally from last season.

Not only does he believe the competition for places is healthy, but he also thinks the days of leading the line, with no support should be long gone under Bates.

“We were frustrated as a team last year, not just individually,” said Cassidy. “Things feel a little different going into this year – hopefully, we can all kick on and improve.

“For me personally I want to get a lot more goals. What a time it was last year.

“Sometimes you just have to accept that you are needed to put a shift in for the team.”

Read more at: https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk

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