Replacing Matt Green is not on the agenda says Mansfield Town striker Liam Hearn.

Liam Hearn keeps his eye on the ball to slot home his and the Stags' second goal of the night -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Liam Hearn keeps his eye on the ball to slot home his and the Stags' second goal of the night -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Liam Hearn says he feels no pressure to replace the goals of Matt Green at Mansfield Town.

The former Grimsby striker was signed by Paul Cox in June to bring a halt to Stags’ goalscoring woes, which began following Green’s departure to Birmingham City.

The impressive Green banged in a brilliant 54 goals in 87 appearances to fire Mansfield to the Blue Square Premier title two seasons ago.

But Hearn, who has scored more than 100 career goals so far, says replacing the former fans’ favourite is not on his agenda.

“Matt Green is a very well respected player at Mansfield Town,” said Hearn. “He did what he did when the club got promoted and I have to show what I can do at this club and do what I do best.

“We are two different people and two different players. I am not setting myself any goal targets or anything like that.

“I am happy to be at Mansfield and just want to score goals and play as many games as possible.

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

“If it takes time for the goals to come at Mansfield then I will just stay patient and keep working hard, but I am confident that the goals will come.

“The fans have been fantastic since I joined the club. I am a positive person and they have been really positive, which has given me a great confidence boost.

Hearn has battled back from the best part of two years on the sideline after recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon injury and damage to cruciate ligaments in his left knee while playing for Grimsby.

He began training with Stags in March as he looks to get his injury-hit career back on track and has played in three of Mansfield Town’s pre-season encounters.

Mansfield kick-off their League Two campaign on Saturday away to Northampton.