Liam Hearn vows to repay faith of Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox

Liam Hearn looks to find a way through the Grimsby defence -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Liam Hearn looks to find a way through the Grimsby defence -Pic by: Richard Parkes
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Striker Liam Hearn says he wants to hit the goal trail to repay the faith of Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox.

Cox signed his former Eastwood Town star in June in a bid to solve the goalscoring problems which plagued Stags’ last season.

Liam Hearn bursts past his former team mates -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Liam Hearn bursts past his former team mates -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Hearn has already become an instant hit with the Field Mill faithful after bagging a memorable brace on his debut against Leeds United.

And Hearn says he can’t wait to start the new League Two campaign and pay back Cox for giving him the chance to finally put his two-year injury nightmare firmly behind him.

“I heard the rumours that Mansfield Town were interested in me last season,” said Hearn. “I have always kept in touch with the boss and when I knew the club were after me I knew it was a club I wanted to join.

“I am born and bred in Nottingham and all my family live here so it is great to be back playing for a local club and even better that it is one in League Two.

Liam Hearn steps up to score from the spot on his debut for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Liam Hearn steps up to score from the spot on his debut for the Stags -Pic by: Richard Parkes

“It means that my friends and family will be able to come and watch me play and that is important to me.

“The boss is a man who knows how to pick the right player for the right role, he has made a career on that and this squad is the best I have ever played with.

“Hopefully we can all pull together to get the results. I think we have got the ability to surprise quite a few teams in this division.

“I am not setting myself any targets. I just want to play as many games as I can and score as many as I can. I want to do it for myself and the boss.

“Scoring some goals along the way in pre-season has already helped my confidence levels.

“Confidence is a big part of football and the more I can score and the more I can play then the better for my confidence.””

After a handful of substitute appearances during pre-season it may be unlikely that Hearn will start the season opener at Northampton.

But Hearn, who hit a superb 29 goals for Grimsby during the 2011/12 campaign, says he is confident the goals will flow once he gets his chance.

“It is difficult to say if I will start against Northampton because the other strikers have done well so far,” added Hearn.

“We have got power in Rhead and Palmer and goals in Fisher so there is plenty of options and competition for places.

“If you do not start you will get a chance eventually and have to take it when it comes.

“Whether I start or not at Northampton is a decision for the boss. If I do start then for me it is going to be a major achievement for me after what I have been through.

“If I do start then I hope to kick on from that as the season progresses. I am just going to see how it goes and to keep working hard.

“I believe that scoring goals is something that comes naturally to me, I have scored at every club I have been at.

“If the goals take a bit of time to come at Mansfield then I will just stay patient and keep working hard.

Hearn had his Grimsby contract cancelled by mutual consent after he asked to leave the club following a series of injuries that meant he made only 15 appearances during the 2013/14 season.

Mansfield Town scored just 49 goals in League Two last season and will be looking for a big improvement this time around.