DAVID Goodwillie believes that Argyle’s 'nearly season' will have a positive effect on the new Sky Bet League Two campaign.
The Scottish international striker saw the Pilgrims’ 2015-16 promotion bid end at the final Wembley hurdle, but feels it could provide a boost when the new campaign kicks off on August 6.
“I think it will give Plymouth a bit more incentive to go and do a bit better next season,” he said. “They know that they can get there, so I don’t see why they can’t do it again.”
David, who has made three appearances for the Scottish national team, played most recently for Ross County on loan from SPL rivals Aberdeen. Although there is a distance of more than 600 miles between the Dons and Argyle, the former English Premier League player is not at all fazed by his new challenge.
“It’s not totally alien,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to it. It seems like a nice part of the world. I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I know of a few players in the squad and hopefully that will make it easier for me to bed in and settle a bit more. I know Graham [Carey] from doing a pre-season at Dundee United with him, so I know how good he is. It will be good to catch up with these boys that I’ve not seen for a while.
“At this point in my career this was the best option for me to get away and try and concentrate on football, and hopefully I can do that here.”
David is familiar with Pilgrims manager Derek Adams, having scored for Dundee in the 2010 Scottish FA Cup final against a Ross County side managed by the Argyle gaffer.
“I know of him,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever met him but he seems really good, with what he says and his philosophy, so I’m really looking forward to what he’s got.
“I was hoping he’d forget about [the goal]! I’m glad he’s forgiven me and given me this opportunity.”
On top of his international ventures, David has accumulated playing time in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers. He believes that his experience can prove helpful for the club, as well as his ability to hit the back of the net.
He said: “I know I had limited games in those big leagues but, at the same time, it was a great experience and I can take a lot of that on board and hopefully I can maybe give that to some of the younger players.
“Hopefully, Graham can assist me with a few goals this season, which would be great for me and great for him. Hopefully, I bring a little bit more to it than that.
“But obviously people see you scoring goals and it looks like you’re doing well, so if I can score as many as I can and assist a few as well, it’ll be great for me.”