Sam McQueen feels he is “officially back” after a first competitive goal since returning from a long-term injury.
The winger’s first-half volley sent Saints on their way to a two-nil victory over Bolton Wanderers at the County Ground on Monday and he revealed that’s the first aim met in a long line of personal targets that he’s looking to achieve.
“I was buzzing again,” he enthused. “I was really happy I managed to do it (score) in a league game. I scored against Brighton in a friendly but to get one in the league means a lot more. I feel like I’m officially back now.
“I set myself some targets and one of those was to be scoring as soon as I get back. I was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet against [Manchester] United even though I didn’t get much time. I’m happy to now though and I’m looking forward to getting some more!
“I should have scored before that, it just came off the wrong part of my foot. I could have scored after. I think we should have scored more today and should have been a bit more clinical in the final third.
“There’s a real good team spirit around. The boys’ support has been really encouraging since I’ve come back. The celebration was really good, everyone was laughing and enjoying it.”
Despite already hitting his first league goal since making a comeback, McQueen is refusing to rest on his laurels as he looks to better himself amidst tough competition from the likes of Omar Rowe.
“It’s very pleasing but I’m still not totally happy,” the 18-year-old continued. “I really want to be scoring a lot of goals – I know I can. It’s something I still need to keep working on in training so I can keep scoring, scoring, scoring.
“It (competition) has kept me on my toes. Everyone’s been working hard. I got the pick over Omar [Rowe] today and he was good when he came on – it’s definitely good to have that competition. I’m looking forward to training this week so I can try and get a startling place again.”