ALWAYNE Jones needs to find his inner beast if he is to command a regular place in the Harrow Borough front line.
That was Jones’s own frank assessment of his position in the striker’s pecking order at Earlsmead.
It came as he waits to see if a powerful cameo from off the bench against Carshalton two weeks ago will be enough to earn him a recall for Saturday’s FA Trophy date at Whitstable.
Boss Dave Anderson recently labelled his summer arrival from Tonbridge Angels ‘A big brute of a man’.
However, Jones himself admits he is currently too much of a gentle giant who needs to make more of his physical strength to terrorise defenders.
He said: “I can do the pretty stuff like playing to feet and flicking it on, but at this level you need to have a bit of the big and strong man about you.
“Danny Buckle does it well, so I want to learn a bit off him as well.
“Sometimes you need to be a bit stronger, so I’m going to work on bringing that into my game – I’ve definitely got it in me.
Along with his dose of brute force, Jones admits he also needs a decent dose not of ignorance, as the old saying goes, but selfishness, the staple diet of all good goal-scorers.
Jones’s goal in the hastily arranged 5-1 friendly win over Uxbridge on Saturday was his first since the opening day win over Thurrock.
He added: “Sometimes I need to be more goal hungry, to be quite honest. I just need to think about shooting and hitting the target.
“If I see a guy who is in a better position than me to score then I’m going to pass it, where other strikers would be looking to work themselves an angle to shoot.
“I’m just not selfish enough really, but the gaffer and the assistants have been working with me on that and showing faith in me, so I need to repay that faith now.”