Craig Lindfield admits it’s a massive season for him as he looks to fulfil his early potential.
Striker Lindfield was highly rated as a Liverpool youngster and was tipped for a big future after playing for England Under 19s.
But the 22-year-old admits it has been stop-start for him since leaving Anfield and now he has got to seize his chance.
He has just signed a one-year deal at Accrington and, with the likes of Terry Gornell, Jimmy Ryan and Sean McConville moving on, he may never get a better chance to cement his place in the Reds’ first team.
"It’s massive for me, it’s down to me now to show what I can do," said Lindfield.
"Last season was disappointing as I didn’t play as much as I would have liked but I can have no complaints about that.
"You can’t go knocking on the gaffer’s door saying you want your chance when you see how well the team, and Terry especially, were doing.
"I was great to be involved in the squad but now I have got to work hard, hopefully cememt my place in the team, play my part and get a few goals."
Lindfield said he had taken heart from what Gornell and McConville did at Stanley.
Striker Gornell wasn’t playing for Tranmere at the start of last season but Reds boss John Coleman helped turn him into a wanted man at the end of the current campaign.
And McConville was picked up from Skelmersdale, had an in-and-out first season but launched himself onto the scene in the last campaign with 13 goals.
"You can see the gaffer gets the best out of players and hopefully he will do that with me now," said Lindfield.
"I was injured in the last pre-season and that killed me to be honest as I always felt I was playing catch-up.
"But Sean didn’t play a lot the season before last and then he got a run of games last season, scored some goals, gained his confidence and it worked for him and I hope this happens to me.
"I am a fit lad, I look after myself and stay fit but now I need to try and remain injury free, as I have been hampered in the last two pre-seasons, and get a good pre-season under my belt and kick on from there.
"My career has never really taken off since leaving Liverpool as I have had a few loan spells here and there but never really settled anywhere properly but I love it here, it’s great working with the lads, a good atmosphere and I want to take my opportunity."
Lindfield knows Coleman will be on the hunt for players to fill the vacant spots left by Gornell, Ryan, McConville and more but that doesn’t worry Lindfield.
"I know the gaffer will bring in competition up front and that he is capable of unearthing a few rough diamonds as he has done throughout his career but it’s down to me to take my chance."