Tom Peers is aiming to hit the goal trail for Chester FC next season after being handed a new one-year deal.
The 19-year-old striker spent successful loan spells away from the Deva Stadium at Hednesford Town and Marine last season and made 10 appearances for the Blues, bagging his first senior goal for the club in a 2-0 win at FC Halifax Town in December.
With Chester boss Steve Burr rewarding Peers’ performances with a new 12-month deal, the Warrington-born ace, a product of the Blues’ youth academy, is aiming to repay his manager’s faith in him by finding the net regularly next season.
“I feel as though since the beginning of last season my development has been massive,” said Peers.
“I feel a lot more confident in myself after going out on loan and scoring goals and scoring my first senior goal has inspired me to want more of that. That goal is one that will remain long in the memory for me.
“For myself as a striker I’m looking to improve my goalscoring, it’s as simple as that. A striker is there to score goals and that’s what I want. I set myself a target at the beginning of each season and I already have one in mind.”
Peers showcased his goalscoring prowess at Conference North and Evo-Stik Premier League level with Hednesford and Marine respectively last term and cites his playing time away from the Blues as being key to his development.
“Going on loan is something I believe every young player needs as part of the development,” he said.
“It gives you a sight of what the physical game is about which toughens you up a bit.
“There are still some very good players in the leagues below so it still poses as a challenge, so when I scored my goals I felt I had come on leaps and bounds.
“Depending on how pre-season goes and the start of the season I will be looking to cement my place in the match day squad.
“The gaffer knows best and I’m sure he will have a plan for me and the squad to get the best out of us.”
Given his full Chester debut by former manager Neil Young in April 2013 as a 17-year-old, Peers, despite being only 19, is the club’s longest serving player having progressed through the youth ranks and been a prolific scorer for the Colts side.
“I don’t know where the time has gone,” said Peers. “I was speaking to a friend the other day about being the longest serving member and hopefully this can carry on for years to come.
“I believe Chester is the club to be at, after all the problems in the past the reformation has really created a great club.
“The fans are at every game home and away, there is always a real buzz. With Neil Young leaving and relegation it was a tough time for the club, but to then get the reprieve and come back to do what we did in the FA Cup and to finish 12th in the league shows what Chester FC is capable of.”