Matt McClure plans to dish out plenty of pain and pleasure during Wealdstone's manic end-of-season run in. The teenage striker has joined on a month's loan from Wycombe Wanderers and immediately set his sights on helping the Stones finish the campaign in second place.
And while he is still getting use to the bruising nature of the Ryman Premier League McClure has vowed to be a constant menace to opposition defences.
“I'm just a pain,” said the 18-year-old Northern Ireland U19 international. “I chase everything down, don't stop running and challenge for every header. You have to be a full package to be a decent striker these days.
“I've got knocked about a bit in the last two games as it's much more physical than what I am use to, but it is a learning curve for me and I think I can keep a calm head.”
McClure, from Slough, recently completed a loan spell at Farnborough-based Combined Counties Premier Division side Badshot Lea and jumped at the chance for more first team football when the Stones came knocking on Friday.
“I didn't know much about Wealdstone other than Jermaine Beckford came from there,” he added. “From what I've seen so far I think we have the ability to play most teams off the park. We just need to get the ball down and play. Hopefully I can score a few goals and help the team finish second.”
McClure spent four years being nurtured at Crystal Palace before he was offered a scholarship by Wycombe two years ago. He will complete that in a few months time and should know by next month whether he will be offered a pro deal by the League One side.
He said: “It's looking quite good for me at the moment – I'm quietly confident.”
Stones take on Ryman Division One South side Croydon Athletic tonight in the final of the League Cup and, should they win, will face Leatherhead at Imber Court Sports Club in East Molesey, Surrey, next Wednesday. McClure would probably not be involved as Northern Ireland U19s play Spain in a friendly in Belfast the same night. The teenager qualifies for them via his grandfather and hopes to add to his four appearances so far.
Before then he hopes to be involved in trips to Hastings united and Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday and Monday respectively.
Stones assistant boss, Leo Morris, said: Matt is very highly thought of at Wycombe and it is good of them to let Matt come to us. He is here for a month and we'll see what happens from there.”