Published: 00:00, 07 March 2019
Andy Pugh is targeting a century of goals for Dartford when he returns from his long injury lay-off.
The striker, 30, hopes to get back on the pitch this season having suffered a double leg break in July.
Pugh has netted 52 times in 116 starts for the Darts since 2014 and he’s determined to extend that proud scoring record.
Speaking on this week’s KM Football Podcast, Pugh said: “I’d like to get to 100 goals for Dartford and I believe I can.
“I know I’m 30 but I believe I can play on for many years yet and that’s why I’m adamant I’ve got to get over this injury and get back to scoring goals and doing it better than ever.
“I’m not going to rush it but maybe I can have a role to play at the very end of the season.
“I believe I’ve got the mental strength to deal with this and come back from it. I want to prove I’ve still got it.
“I feel I’ve improved year after year at the club and I don’t see why that would change even with this injury.”
An emotional Pugh choked back tears as he revealed his lonely struggle over the last seven months.
It’s been a long road to recovery but he’s now back in light training at Dartford.
Pugh said: “I’ve had days when I’ve cried myself to sleep. I love the game so much and I won’t let (the injury) beat me.
“Being back among the boys has been brilliant. I really have missed Ryan Hayes, Tom Bonner and Elliot Bradbrook.
“The group of lads we’ve had since I’ve been at the club is something I’ve never experienced before, how close-knit the dressing room is.
“Hayzie’s a massive part of that. He’s probably the funniest person I’ve met and on some of my dark days he’s got me through with his humour.
“Hopefully now I can show the new lads what I’m capable of, what I can bring to the team and we can all pull together and do something we’ve been wanting to do for a few years now.”
It’s not just Pugh’s team-mates who are motivating him, though.
He said: “My son’s getting to that age where he wants to play football with me. Talking at the end of last season, I was like ‘next season he’s definitely got to come and watch me play’ but then I broke my leg.
“He hasn’t come to see me play and I don’t want him to watch me playing in a park somewhere, I want him to come to a proper football ground and be proud of what I do.
“I’m adamant he’s got to come and see me play well and score goals. I don’t want him to see me sitting on the bench, turning round saying ‘all right son?’.”