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Dartford striker Darren McQueen expects floodgates to open when he returns to full fitness

ByMatthew Panting

Dartford striker Darren McQueen has vowed there’s more goals to come as he works his way back to full fitness.

McQueen got another 70 minutes under his belt at Horsham on Saturday – and scored his second goal of the season to help send Dartford into the next round of the FA Cup.

Darren McQueen says he will hit the heights at Princes Park Picture: Andy Jones
Darren McQueen says he will hit the heights at Princes Park Picture: Andy Jones

After suffering a dislocated shoulder at the start of the campaign, McQueen is getting his sharpness back.

“I am starting to feel fitter each game,” he said. “Tony (Burman) is easing me back in and that’s what I need.

“I’m happy with how I’ve been playing and there’s definitely more goals to come.

“I’m pleased with the minutes. I came back quickly after the shoulder injury when I was out for a month so I am gradually getting there.”

Highly-rated McQueen has already gone on record to state that this campaign could be a make-or-break season for him.

He still hasn’t reached the same levels he was at with Ebbsfleet before a serious knee injury kept him sidelined for almost a year.

“I believe in my own ability,” added McQueen. “I always have and it’s just taking each game as it comes.

“I’m not back where I was but it’s coming. I want to get back to where I was and beyond it because I want to play as high as possible.

“This is my make or break season. I feel like I need a good season with no injuries to get to where I was at Ebbsfleet before my injury.

“I know my ability so I know I can do things.”

McQueen is enjoying his football under caretaker boss Burman.

“It’s been tough but a few of the boys know Tony and they know how he plays,” added McQueen.

“His main thing is work rate and we’ve bought that to our game quite quickly as well.

“We’re working a lot harder as a team and we’ve got more of a team spirit at the moment.

“We’ve got all the talent, it was just that something wasn’t right. I’m glad that we’re starting to win games again now, the feeling in the dressing room is good and hopefully we can carry that on.”

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