Luke James after goals at Hartlepool United

HEAD BOY: Luke James in action against Crawley Town. Picture by FRANK REID
HEAD BOY: Luke James in action against Crawley Town. Picture by FRANK REID

LUKE James may have signed off from his season on a personal high – but he admits his biggest challenge is to replicate that form over an entire campaign.

The 18-year-old’s performances during the final four matches were a cause for optimism, despite the confirmation of relegation to League Two.

James even earned a standing ovation from the home supporters during the 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers in April.

And the striker reflected with SportMail: “In some ways it was a good end to the season for me personally, but obviously I’d swap all that to still be in the division.

“My aim now is to come back and do that for all of the season, not just a few games here and there.”

James, who had started the season in the side, returned just three goals following a year punctuated by injury.

Next year, however, he knows that tally will need to improve.

“I need to score some more goals,” he admitted.

“I’ve got six senior goals now and they have been good ones, but I’d take a tap-in every week. “Every goal you score, no matter what it is, gives you one of the best feelings.

“But whenever I’m in the team I’ll guarantee 100 per cent.

“It would just be nice to add a few goals to that on a regular basis.”

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