WREXHAM striker Hector Sam hopes his end-of-season form will help convince manager Denis Smith he still has a future at the Racecourse.
Despite netting six times in the final six games of the season to seal his place at the top of the Dragons scoring charts, the Trinidadian remains transfer-listed and has recently been linked with a summer switch to Stockport County.
But Sam says talk of his Racecourse departure are premature, insisting he would rather patch up his differences with manager Denis Smith and see out the remaining 12 months of his contract.
"I don't know anything about a move to Stockport," said Sam. "Everything is just speculation. But I'd be happy to come off the list and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I will.
"Hopefully, my form in recent weeks will have impressed the manager. He has been very supportive, saying well done and telling me to keep working hard for the team. It's nice to have been able to repay him with goals recently." Smith, meanwhile, refused to say whether he was planning to remove Sam's name from the club's tranfer list, but added: "He was put off the transfer list last season and the fact he's still here might prove he's not on it any more.
"But the fact is, everyone at every football club up and down the country is for sale.
"Hector's done well for us recently. He's got back into the side of merit and he seems to have been clear of niggly injuries."
Sam has certainly been something of an enigma since joining the Dragons for £125,000 in 2001. Dogged by injuries and inconsistent form, the elusive striker has only occasionally shown fans glimpses of what he is capable of.
This season has been typical. Spells spent on the sidelines due to both injury and poor form have been punctuated with the odd flash of brilliance.
Sadly for the Dragons, Sam saved his best form for late in the campaign when the club's play-off chances were nosediving. Four league goals last month were followed on Wednesday night with a well-taken brace in the 4-1 demolition of part-timers Rhyl in the FAW Premier Cup final.
And Sam says winning the £100,000 competition was the perfect way to finish the season.
"I was pleased to get two goals myself, but it was more about the team," he said. "We knew how much money was at stake and how much the club needed it. It definitely was on our minds and it was nice to finish the season on a high."
This is the first time Sam has finished top scorer at Wrexham, and he has taken plenty of personal satisfaction from out-gunning the likes of ex-Spurs star Chris Armstrong and recalled Welsh international Chris Llewellyn.
"It's down to confidence," he said. "As a striker, if you get one goal, then often more follow. That's what has happened during the last few weeks of the season. My confidence has been high and my fitness, at the end of the season at least, has been good.
"Being top scorer means a lot to me. I'm proud to have done it."