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13 September 2012

Striker Jake Speight has stated his desire to earn a first team place in the coming weeks. 

The 26-year-old has already struck on three occasions so far this term, averaging a goal every 86 minutes, but has only been named in the starting line-up on one occasion. 

With strike-partner Matt Green set to miss the next three games through suspension following his red card at Ebbsfleet United in our last fixture, Speight is hoping to be prolific in the absence of the popular marksman. 

He said: “I’ve scored a few goals when I’ve come off the bench this season, but my main aim is to be starting games on a regular basis.” 

“I had a groin injury in pre-season and I’ve been playing catch up ever since. I hope to get in the team first team soon though, and keep the shirt by scoring goals.” 

Jake Speight is speaking to Mansfield 103.2's Jason Harrison

Speight quit Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Wrexham in order to re-join us during the summer, and grabbed 21 goals for the North Wales outfit to finish as top scorer last term. 

Under the stewardship of Andy Morrell, the Red Dragons were noted for being a team that liked to play fluent, passing football at a fast-tempo pace. 

However, now playing for a team who adopt a more direct approach to creating chances, the striker says doesn’t mind what style we use, so long as we win football matches. 

He continued: ““We’ve got players in this squad like Chris Clements, Gary Roberts and Adam Murray, who can play total football and others who like to play more direct.” 

“In some games you need to go direct, and in others you maybe need a different approach to get a good result. But I don’t mind which we play. As long as the team is doing well, then that is all what matters.” 

Speight has netted 43 goals from 90 appearances at this level, since scoring on his debut for Scarborough against Dagenham & Redbridge in August 2005.

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