CHARLIE Moone is determined to hit the 30-goal mark this season following his return to Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Moone smashed in 24 goals for Boro before leaving in March for an ill-fated spell at Borehamwood in the Conference South, but last month returned to Beveree.
The popular striker is determined to stick around for the full campaign this time, starting with Saturday’s season opener at home to Margate, and has made his target clear.
Moone said: “Of course 30 goals is the target. It wasn’t easy to score 24 goals, so 30 won't be an easy thing. Anyone that plays or watches football will tell you that scoring goals is the hardest part of the game. My target is to score as many goals as I can and I always want to better myself.
“I was here for three years before I left, I don’t like to move about too much, and I like to be committed and loyal. That’s the type of person I am, that’s the reason I’m back.
“A lot of the boys have stayed on from last year, which I think is important. We’ve also made some good signings, and Tom Hickey staying is amazing too.”
Moone insists there were many reasons for his failure to replicate his sparkling Boro form at Borehamwood, but ultimately, the former Woking man is glad to be back at Hampton.
“When you play semi-professional it’s not just about the football, there’s other factors that affect things like work and travel,” he added. “Once I knew it wouldn’t work out for me at Borehamwood, there was only one place I wanted to come back to. I know everyone here from the kit-man to the people in the bar. I’m glad that I’m back.”
At the other end of the pitch, Boro this week announced goalkeeper Rodney Chiweshe, who won the fans' Player Of The Year Award last season, had agreed to sign on again this season.
Meanwhile, Hampton warmed up for the start of their Ryman Premier campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Premier League new boys Crystal Palace on Monday, having taken the lead through Billy Jeffreys.