King’s Lynn Town hitman Leon Mettam eyes goals at happy times after leaving Tamworth
King's Lynn Town striker Leon Mettam is targeting another goal rush at Step Three of the non-league ladder.
The Linnets new-boy shot to international prominence by bagging a monumental 45 Northern League Premier Division goals for Worksop in 2013/14. That bumper haul was secured at the same level that Lynn compete and Mettam is eyeing more success in front of goal as he looks to make a similar impact in the Southern League's top-flight.
'I don't really set personal targets to be honest. One of my main targets is just to stay fit,' said Mettam, speaking at a fans' forum at The Walks.
'As a striker if you get 10 to 15 goals before Christmas you're looking at 20-25. That season at Worksop was one of them that I had that was great. Goals were just flying in, hat-tricks were going in and I had a great team around me.
'If I had 15 goals before Christmas I'd be happy because then I'd be looking at a target of 25-30. I think as a striker if you're getting that figure at any level that's not a bad return. If you pushed me for a target it would be between 25 and 30. Anything over that would be absolutely brilliant.'
Fellow summer recruit John Sands has also been a prolific goalscorer at Lynn's level of the pyramid. Their arrival has raised expectations of a promotion push but following a miserable injury-hit spell with Step Two Tamworth – who Mettam joined in the summer of 2014 – the highly-rated hitman is looking forward to a fresh start.
'I had two great seasons with Worksop Town and when I left the gaffer (Lynn boss Gary Setchell) rang me on numerous occasions trying to get me in,' said Mettam, who spent a brief spell on loan at Lynn in 2015.
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'At that point in my career it wasn't viable for me to do. I ended up signing for Tamworth which was probably one of the biggest mistakes of my career. I picked up some quite serious injuries and when the gaffer (Setchell) did get wind I might be available on loan for some game-time I came in and really enjoyed it.
'For me, at my stage of my career, having had the experience that I have at Tamworth, I can't wait for nothing more than to enjoy my football again.'