Local lad Shamir Fenelon feels he has a big part to play for Crawley Town still this season.
The striker has had somewhat of a bit-part role so far for Reds since joining on a one-year contract in the summer.
The 21-year-old can count himself unfortunate not to have had more of a run in the side after a number of impressive displays off the bench.
He has also had a loan spell at National League side Whitehawk this season and the former Thomas Bennett pupil knows if he keeps up his substitute showings, more starts aren’t far away.
Former Brighton & Hove Albion forward Fenelon is yet to notch for Reds from three starts and 10 appearances off the bench, but he believes a run of goals are likely to follow after he breaks his duck.
He said: “When I first came I did expect to be playing a bit more, but at the start of the season when I saw the quality of the team, I knew I would have to bide my time.
“I feel now like I am close to getting a run of games, I just need a few goals. There are a lot of games left in the season so I still feel like I am going to play a big part in the second half of the season.
“After coming back from Whitehawk I made an impact in two or three games off the bench and the manager gave me my start for two games.
“Obviously, I came out of the team, but if I can keep making an impact last time he (Mark Yates) showed a bit of faith in me and put me in the team.
“I have to keep doing that as I know he will reward me. There is no real need to go knocking on his door as I didn’t do that last time and got in the team still.
“I can play right, left, or up front. I do prefer, if I had to pick one out of all three, up front as I can get in the box more.
“I try to get on the shoulder and causes defenders problems and I think I can do that more up front, but I am happy anywhere on the pitch.
“I do feel a real buzz when I get on the ball and chasing after it as well, so it helps me out and I think it lifts a lot of the other players as well.
“We seem to get on top of other teams when the fans get a buzz - if I produced that buzz or anyone else, then it’s good for the team.”
Fenelon started his career at Brighton and signed a pro deal in 2012 after a prolific goalscoring record in the club’s youth team.
He had spells on loan at Tonbridge Angels and Torquay United and was then at Rochdale, Tranmere Rovers, and Dagenham & Redbridge last season amid three appearances for the Seagulls, before being released at the end of the season.
The forward netted 18 goals last term, but is yet to find the net for Reds and he admits that he is disappointed not to have opened his account.
He added: “To be fair, I think I could have had a few goals already this season. There is going to be a time, I know it, where it just changes where everything I touch starts going in hopefully, as it seems to be the opposite at the moment.
“I feel when I do get the ball, the fans can see the effort I put in and the commitment and get behind me and gear me up to carry on being positive.
“There was one at York when I hit a volley and the keeper pulled off a worldy and I can remember a few more, but like I said, hopefully there is going to be a turning point where I hit a deflection or lucky shot.
“Hopefully, my luck will change soon, but as long as I am getting into the positions. It’s disappointing to be honest, because I do want to be on a few more goals right now and I feel like I should be.
“Throughout the games I am getting in the position and doing well, but if you aren’t there you look who is scoring, so that’s what I need to be doing.
“I am happy with things to be fair and I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Crawley are without a game on Saturday after falling at the first hurdle of the FA Cup against Luton Town at the start of November.
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