Promotion hero Joe Allon knows a goalscorer when he sees one.
And the Hartlepool United legend has backed Scott Fenwick to have a “massive” year for Ronnie Moore’s Pools as they look to compete at the right end of the league table this season.
I’m looking forward to a massive season from FenwickJoe Allon
Fenwick joined from non-league Dunston mid-way through 2014-15 and went on to end the campaign as the club’s leading scorer in the league, with six goals.
The 25-year-old hitman has had his injury problems but he is back fully fit and looking to force his way into Moore’s starting line-up.
He faces fierce competition from Rakish Bingham, Rhys Oates and experienced campaigner Billy Paynter.
But Allon - who scored 86 goals in 205 starts across two spells for Pools - believes Fenwick is set for a big year.
Allon, a 1991 promotion hero, told SportMail: “Scotty is very raw still but his attitude is first class.
“He wants to learn all the time and it just goes to show the dividing line between non-league and professional football isn’t as thick as everybody thinks.
“In saying that, I don’t think he should have been playing non-league football to start with.
“He got another chance with Pools and has taken it with both hands. The best is yet to come from him.
“I’m looking forward to a massive season from him, to further establish himself as one of those strikers that gets his place every week,” added the 48-year-old.
Ex-Swindon Town and Leeds United targetman Paynter is fighting Fenwick for a starting spot and Allon has also backed him to put a tough season at Carlisle United, where he was made an outcast, firmly behind him.
Allon said: “Billy needs a few goals, like all strikers you thrive on confidence.
“Billy has the experience but there will be some pressure on him as a big signing but at the same time he has been in the game long enough to deal with that. Some players need an arm round the shoulder and a bit of reassurance.
“He had a terrible time at Carlisle and was treated badly but these things go on in football. In tough times, the best way to prove people wrong is by sticking the ball in the net. Every time they see Paynter has scored for Hartlepool, that is the best way to answer your critics.”