SCOTT Fenwick is determined to do everything in his power to make it as a professional footballer– starting with scoring the goals to help fire Hartlepool United up the league.
The 24-year-old had been waiting a long time for a shot in the Football League until Pools finally gave him the chance he had been craving.
Fenwick, signed from Northern League side Dunston UTS, made his debut as a second-half sub in the 1-0 defeat at Southend United which kept struggling Pools bottom.
Despite the defeat, Fenwick admits it was an “amazing experience” and a chance to keep a childhood promise he made to his parents, alongside his brother Ricky.
“I’m just glad that Hartlepool has given me the opportunity,” Fenwick, pictured, told SportMail.
“I will graft hard and do everything I can to make it as a professional footballer.
“It was an amazing experience to finally make my professional debut against Southend.
“At half-time I was looking around at my family in the stand who had travelled down and it was quite an emotional day for the whole family.
“Me and my brother, who have been playing football since we were four, made a promise to our parents that we would play professional football one day.
“My brother was at Sunderland for nine years but he did his cruciate twice.
“He had a metal plate in his leg and was told he would never play professional football standard because he wasn’t fit enough but he still picks up some decent money in the Northern League.
“My family is football daft and everyone is deflated when you get beat but we have to pick ourselves up.”
Defeat to Phil Brown’s Shrimpers was Pools’ 11th of the Sky Bet League Two season and they remain bottom with just 12 points from their opening 17 fixtures.
Fenwick, prolific in non-league circles for the past few seasons, is adamant he has what it takes to help drag Pools up the league to safety.
The former civil engineer said: “I have always been a confident lad.
“I have scored over 100 goals in the Northern League in the last three seasons.
“Sheffield United watched me in the FA Cup and I scored eight goals in three games, I know I have the ability in my locker.
“There are a lot of areas to work on, of course, but the amount of people that said ‘you’ll never make it’ - well I’m here now.
“I need to get my fitness up to this standard but I am confident I can perform.
“I’ve had a taste for it now and I want more.”
As well as being full of confidence, the Gateshead-born striker can also handle himself and was booked on his debut as a pro at Roots Hall on Saturday.
“I am a strong lad and won’t back down from anything - I’m from a rough area so can handle myself.
“Centre halves hate it when you get in their head straight away.
“The caution was just a bit of handbags, he kicked out at me and I pushed him in the chest which I shouldn’t have done,” admitted Fenwick who played for Pools’ reserves against Gateshead yesterday.