Scott Fenwick up for the fight at Hartlepool United as competition for places hots up

Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United during their 7-0 victory at Billingham Town

Scott Fenwick in action for Hartlepool United during their 7-0 victory at Billingham Town

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Scott Fenwick is used to scrapping for his place in the Hartlepool United first team.

And the 25-year-old is again up for the fight this season - even if it means his friends miss out on a place in the starting line-up.

With the four of us in the squad I’m sure we’ll bring each other on.

Scott Fenwick, Pools striker

Since last year’s season finale at Carlisle United, Pools have had a major reshuffle in the striking department - with Marlon Harewood and Jonathan Franks leaving and Jordan Hugill returning to Preston North End.

Ronnie Moore hasn’t wasted any time bolstering his attacking options though, with Rakish Bingham, Rhys Oates and Billy Paynter all joining.

As a result, competition for a striking berth at Pools is fierce.

That hasn’t fazed confident Fenwick though, who told SportMail: “We obviously needed to improve in all areas, but you need competition in a team.

“Back in my non-league days, there were four or five strikers.

“The boss has brought in Billy, who has loads of experience, and he’s helping me already, telling me little movements and how to use my body.

“I learned from Marlon [Harewood] but I think I’ll learn from Billy because I think we’ve got similar games.

“Me and Raks hit it off when he was here on loan, we kind of understood each other straight away.

“It’s kicked on again since he joined, we’re best of mates off the pitch.

“Young Rhys brings plenty of pace to the team and he’s probably like me - still learning his game.

“With the four of us in the squad I’m sure we’ll bring each other on,” added Fenwick, who notched his first pre-season goal at Harrogate Railway.

Pools are targeting a push for the play-offs this season and IF that was achieved it would cap a remarkable turn around in fortunes given last year’s battle.

The 2014-15 campaign was a challenge for everyone connected with the Clarence Road club.

Fenwick has previously spoken about how “stressed” he felt, trying to improve the fortunes of a club rooted to the bottom of the Football League.

“Last season was challenging and it was stressful for me too,” reflected Fenwick.

“It was hard coming in during the time we were getting beaten but I always believed I could score goals.

“Obviously, as the team got more and more confident, we started creating and winning games.

“We just wouldn’t give up and knew we could do it.”

Before signing for Pools last November, the Gateshead-born striker - who had spells in the academies of Newcastle United and Sunderland as a youngster - combined playing at non-league Dunston while working as a civil engineer.

Ex-boss Paul Murray saw his potential and moved to sign him after a successful trial.

Nine months on, when asked if he had any regrets about leaving behind his ‘real job’ as a civil engineer, Fenwick is adamant.

“No regrets, never,” he said bluntly.

“This is not a job.

“It’s the best life in the world.”