NEW SIGNING David Brown knows all about the Conference play-offs - and the hitman hopes his experience will get Accrington Stanley there.
The Reds signed the Hereford striker on Tuesday initially until the end of the season. It was a double swoop for Stanley as they also completed the signing of Welsh winger Gary Roberts, from Welshpool, who they have got international clearance for.
And both players, Brown especially, will be expected to play a part in the last 10 league games to guide Stanley into the top five. Brown helped the Bulls to the play-off semi-final's last season and he has every confidence he can take John Coleman's side one step further into the Football League.
The 26-year-old watched Stanley beat Northwich Victoria 4-3 in the GLS Conference Cup Northern semi-final on Tuesday night and likes their style of play.
"They like to attack which suits me," said the former Manchester United trainee who has also played for Hull City, Chester and Telford.
"Last season at Hereford we were an attacking side, we scored 104 goals - we were winning 9-0, 7-0 and 6-0 - and I scored 20. It was a fantastic season and we should have beat Aldershot in the play-off semi-finals.
"The play-offs are a lottery, though. We finished 19 points ahead of the third place side - and Shrewsbury sneaked in and then they got promoted. Anything can happen so the main thing it to make sure we finish in the top five."
Brown, who lives in Wigan, is relieved to be back in the area after putting pen to paper on a Stanley deal. He made more than 100 appearances for Hull and scored 22 goals in 49 starts for Hereford after joining them in 2003. He made 86 appearances altogether for the Bulls, scoring 27 goals but has not started since mid February.
"It is good to be finally back in the North West," he said. "It has been quite a while. I still live in the area so am happy to be back here. I had a good time at Hereford, in my 18 months there, and I scored a lot of goals.
"We all had a fantastic season last year but then things changed. I have been playing out wide, midfield and out left but I haven't minded that. But we were unfortunate not to go up and then we lost some players, a coach left and things changed.
"We went more defensive and the last few months have been difficult as their was a misunderstanding, a disagreement, and it makes it harder when you live away from home. And I have a young family so I wanted to get back to the North West.
"My father-in-law works in Accrington so he has kept me in touch with how they are doing and I know the players at the club from playing against them. I was keen to come here."
And now he is fully focused on lifting sixth placed Stanley, who drew 2-2 with Forest Green on Saturday, back into the play-off places - starting with the huge trip to Carlisle on Saturday.
"I played at Carlisle with Hereford earlier in the season and we lost 3-1 when we should have done better. It is a tough place to go but you can always see that Accrington will score goals.
"On Tuesday night, Paul Mullin and Lee McEvilly always looked like they would score. The side look dangerous going forward, they are a good attacking side which is a good sign for me.
"There is always pressure on the strikers but strikers are expected to do more than just score goals nowadays. Hopefully I can bring more than just goals and help Accrington get into the play-offs."
After Chester and Hereford ran away with the top two places last season, the striker admits he is surprised at how tight the Conference table is this season.
"If you win one game you can go second, if you lose one you can go 12th. The next few weeks will sort it out and probably the group of ten teams in for promotion at the moment will go down to about six or seven and we have to make sure we stay within touching distance and are one of them."
Accrington manager John Coleman was delighted with his new signings.
"David gives us another option up front as we have been thin on the ground there and Gary puts pressure on the wingers. David is quality. He did well down here earlier in the season and he has caught my eye the couple of times I have seen him play."
The Hereford fans are gutted to lose their frontman and boss Graham Turner said: "David has been released from his contract by mutual agreement. Matters were brought to a head by a disagreement over his training schedule."