Goals are top of Charlie Barnett’s agenda this season after he signed a new one-year deal with the Reds this week.
The midfielder has been told by boss Paul Cook that he expects him to find the back of the net with more than the three goals of his last two campaigns.
"We are pleased Charlie has signed a new deal and there is potentially a lot more to come from him. He has got to chip in with more goals," said the Reds boss.
"We need goals from certain areas of the pitch and, if Charlie is selected in that position his goal return has got to improve."
Barnett, 23, agrees with the manager, saying: "For me personally this is a big year. The gaffer’s told me what he expects from me and what he sees me doing.
"He’s told me that I need to score a few more goals and try to be a bigger influence, not just in a couple of games but throughout the season.
"He sees me playing a little bit further forward and, if I do play there, I’ve got to get goals and set up goals too. That’s a key part of that position."
Barnett, who joined the Reds in 2010 from Tranmere, said he always intended to sign for the Crown Ground club despite the contract taking a while to sort out after being offered a deal at the end of last season.
"I wouldn’t say it was ever in any doubt. I was always an Accrington player and thought that I was going to come back and sign for another year.
"The delay was just minor stuff. I wasn’t turning contracts down or anything.
"It’s basically been sitting down, having a chat and putting a few targets in the contract and a few goals that I can achieve and help the club and help myself.
"Every player wants to play at the highest level that he can and setting targets can help with that. I’m here to help the club and the team and hopefully we can have a good season.
"The gaffer told me that we’re going to have a healthy squad this year and he sees me playing a key part."
Barnett admitted last season was tough for him as he was in and out of the squad but now he is fully focused on the new League Two campaign.
"Last year was strange with John Coleman and Jimmy Bell leaving and there were a lot of changes at the club," he continued.
"But the gaffer is slowly getting to know the lads now and everyone needs to be on the same page as him if we’re going to succeed this season.
"The gaffer’s signed a few players nice and early and got a good squad together working hard in pre-season.
"I’m sure there will be more signings as we get towards the first game.
"Personally I’m just looking to cement my place in the pre-season games and kick on from there.
"The manager likes to play the five midfielders with two holding and three attacking so we are going to need competition for those places.
"That competition makes you perform to a higher level and you know you can’t slack for even one game. It’s going to help everyone involved."
He admitted, like several others in the squad, he is anticipating coming up against former Accrington boss Coleman when they face Rochdale in October.
"It’s going to be fierce isn’t it?" The lads here might want to prove something to them and we’ll also want to win for ourselves as well," he insisted.
"They will be interesting games but I suppose you just have to play with your brain and try not to get involved and play the occasion."
And he said the team spirit is unique at Accrington – something which persuaded him to sign up again.
"Teams go out and build really strong squads which will help them during the season but, at the end of the day, you can only have 11 men on the pitch at any one time so, if you’ve got a really tight-knit group of decent lads and decent players, I think you can achieve just as much as they can.
"I’ve previously played at Tranmere and I did my apprenticeship at Liverpool but there’s such a great team spirit here. Everyone likes to have a laugh around the place and everyone chips in for each other."