IT was all smiles for Argyle striker David Goodwillie...
...after he scored another four goals in Tuesday’s 12-0 victory over Elburton Villa to take his pre-season tally to nine.
The new addition to Derek Adams’ squad has been pleased with both his performances and goals since arriving at Home Park.
“It is good for your confidence, going into the season,” said the 27-year-old Scottish international after his super hat-trick against the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League side.
“Strikers all want to score as many goals as you can. It doesn’t matter who’s up against us, we just need to be ruthless and dominate the game.
“I’ve scored a few goals, I think I’ve just not scored in one game and I was disappointed – that was last night [at Truro] – and I’m glad to come back with a few goals.”
David is one of 12 signings made by Derek in five weeks as the Pilgrims build towards the new Sky Bet League Two season, although not every one of them is a stranger.
“The boys have made me feel welcome considering I’ve just come in,” said David. “It’s always awkward, going into a new team, and it’s hard to find your feet, but I feel that I’ve in quite nicely, because there’s a lot of new boys and we’re all in the same boat. We all just kind of gelled straightaway.
“There’s a few boys I’ve played against and played alongside, which has made it easier.”
One of those is familiar faces belongs to Graham Carey, who has been in fine pre-season form. The way the former SPL pair linked for David’s second goal at Elburton was not far short of football poetry.
David said: “I look at the team sheet and hope that he’s playing when I’m playing because he’s not afraid to make that killer pass, and that’s good for a striker.”
The match against Elburton was Argyle’s sixth of a hectic pre-season. After their seventh at Weymouth on Saturday, the Pilgrims will depart for their Holland pre-season camp and a midweek match against MVV Maastricht before returning to play West Brom at Home Park on July 30.
David said: “I’ve not experienced anything like this is my life. It’s been tough. The first week was hard running, then the games take care of themselves. That’s what you want.
“We have to work hard to put it in and fight to get into the team. There are a lot of games in a season and we need everyone in the squad. Everyone has to be at their fittest and I think we are.
“We’ll go [to Holland] and – first things first – we’ll work hard. We’ll play the game and hopefully we can get a result because, at the end of the day, we always want to win games.”Goodwillie Hunting Goals