ONCE one of the most sought-after talents outside the Premier League, Adam Boyd admits he has a lot to prove next season – not least to himself.
The 29-year-old was thrown a lifeline by Hartlepool United this summer with the reward of a new contract.
Boyd himself concedes that such a deal had seemed unlikely at the midway point of the season having fallen out of favour with boss Mick Wadsworth.
But the striker returned to the side in the final weeks of the campaign and, following a string of improved performances which yielded two goals, the former Manor College school pupil won an extended stay at his hometown club.
Boyd realises that the award of a fresh deal comes with a level of expectancy from within Victoria Park.
But no-one is putting more pressure on his shoulders than the player himself.
“I’ve got a lot to prove to a lot of people, but more so than anything I have to prove something to myself,” he told SportMail.
“I’ve got faith in my ability and feel I haven’t really had the chance to show that during the past couple of seasons.
“But if you look at my record it’s still a return of about one goal every three games.
“I’ve just got to get out there and prove it now and I’m delighted to have that chance.”
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