Pompey new boy sets goal target

Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
Danny Hollands. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Danny Hollands has set himself a 10-goal target for next season.

Pompey’s new midfielder wants to continue his flying form in front of goal in the new campaign.

Hollands became Andy Awford’s first signing of the summer last week, as he inked an initial two-year deal at Fratton Park.

That was after an excellent loan period from Charlton which saw the 28-year-old bag five goals in six starts.

Now Hollands knows he has a level of expectation to live up to when the season comes around.

He said: ‘I have to set a standard.

‘I’m realistic and know people will look at last season and think I should get at least that many again.

‘I’m going to do as much as I can to chip in with my fair share and help the team out in any way I possibly can.

‘It would be good to get 10. I suppose I should be aiming for that after what happened last season!

‘In my career I’ve scored a few goals.

‘But I didn’t expect to get as many as I did last season.

‘I want to chip in with my fair share of goals again.’

With many people seeing Hollands as a defensive midfielder, the player feels his run of finishes would have raised eyebrows.

But he sees himself as someone with the ability to regularly hit the back of the net.

Hollands said: ‘Most of the time people assume I’m a defensive midfielder because I do the dirty side of the game as well.

But, for me, when people ask what I am, I like to say a box-to-box midfielder.

‘I try to get forward but I do my defensive work.’