SALISBURY FC’S new striker Marvin Brooks aims to be “top goal scorer not only for Salisbury but in the league.”

The 27-year-old who signed from Poole Town, is not an out and out striker having played mainly in midfield, but last season notched up 14 goals in 33 appearances for the National League South side.

Brooks believes that he can learn from former striker and manager Steve Claridge and told JournalSport: “It is important for me to try work from him [Claridge] learn from him and hopefully take my career and Salisbury’s to the next level.

“I have high expectations of myself and hopefully we can reach and achieve promotion.

“For me my goal has to be top goal scorer not only at Salisbury but in the league.”

He also said regarding his new role as a striker and said: “I played in behind the striker last season and we had a few injuries and found it more natural for me.

“It was a good fit for me and now I am excited to show that I can do it in this league.

He added that the Whites will be one of the favourites if not the favourite to win the league, but said there is no pressure he said: “There’s no pressure, but if there is I’ve experienced that at Poole and I think that having pressure makes you play better.”

Having played in the National League South Brooks said some people may see it as a sep back but he said: “The move is a move forward, people may look at it as two steps back.

“But in a couple of years I will be the one huge big smile on my face and in front of a thousand Salisbury fans.”

Brooks has played at the Ray Mac before and said that he remembers the crowd and the atmosphere being excellent and added: “I remember the crowd and the fans and the set up and I just thought this is exactly what I want and for me.

“The atmosphere was just incredible.”

He also added that he has received messages of support by the Salisbury fans: “I’ve been surprised, that they’ve sent me direct messages which has been nice.

“It has actually made the whole experience a little bit easier.”

But added: “I knew I was going to take a bit of flack from the Poole fans, I had been there for six years, but I feel like I have been as loyal as I could be.”

Brooks missed Salisbury first pre-season friendly with Portsmouth and will also miss the Whites trip to Chichester City on Thursday, July 6 (7.45pm), but may make his debut for Salisbury against League One Oldham Athletic on Wednesday, July 12 (7.45pm) at the Ray Mac.