Louie Soares ready to roll as Grimsby Town face Southport
LOUIE Soares knows Grimsby Town fans haven't yet seen the best of him in a black and white shirt, but he is determined to put things right – starting today.
The 27-year-old is the first to admit that he didn't make the best of starts to his career with the Mariners.
After a deadline-day move to Cleethorpes, from Hayes and Yeading in February, Soares only made eight appearances for Town – with three of those coming from the bench – and didn't score.
He knows fans came "nowhere near" seeing him at his best, but the Barbados international has promised they'll see a different player take the field should he feature in this afternoon's season opener at Southport.
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Speaking to the Telegraph, he said: "Last year I started the season really well with Hayes and I was enjoying it down there but when I came to Grimsby, I didn't settle at all at first.
"I wasn't really playing well and I was in and out of the team so I didn't get that consistency of games.
"As a new signing, I was trying to make an impact and I wasn't getting that run of matches so it was hard.
"I was without my family and I really missed them. But now they've moved up here, it's going to be much better for me.
"The fans definitely didn't see the best of me last season – nowhere near in fact – so there is a lot more to come from me this season."
Soares has now set his sights on establishing himself in the Mariners side this campaign and wants to chip in with his share of goals along the way.
"First and foremost, I want to work my way in the team and stay in the team" he said.
"Hopefully, if I get the chances, I can also chip in with my share of goals like I did before in my time at Hayes and Yeading.
"It is a big help to the strikers if the goals are spread around the team.
"When they are not playing so well or need that extra help, it is important for the rest of the lads to take the pressure off them, muck in and score some goals – that's how it should be really.
"As long as we stick together and all trust and believe in each other, I think we'll do really well.
"Obviously everyone wants promotion, but we can't get ahead of ourselves, we need to take it one game at a time.
"If we do that, I think we can go far."