By Paul Brown in Chicago
Nathan Delfouneso has promised to "give it everything I've got" as he looks to impress Paul Lambert and make an impression on the first team.
Delfouneso scored against Union in the first match of the pre-season tour to USA and he hopes that will be a springboard for a good campaign in claret and blue.
He accepts that last season was a frustrating one for himself but he's determined to bounce back in style this term.
He said: "For whatever reason, it didn't happen for me last season. It was frustrating but I'm forgetting about that now. It's a fresh start.
"I'm looking to the future now and hoping to impress the gaffer.
"I want to get myself in the team this season and impress with performances and goals.
"Strikers are obviously in the team for goals and it was great to get one against Union. That's points on the board for me I suppose.
"I want to now build my relationship with the team because obviously I didn't play a lot with them last season.I have got to get myself back gelling with the team again. But we're all doing that in a way with the gaffer and new methods.
"I am looking to push on, stay concentrated, get my head down and go out there and give it all I have got. Hopefully it will pay off this season."
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