NATHAN Byrne fancies becoming Swindon Town’s king of the assists in 2014/15 after starting the new campaign at lightning-quick speed.
Byrne was the stand-out performer for the Robins in their opening-day victory over Scunthorpe United, setting up Massimo Luongo’s goal after just three minutes, and then added his second assist of the term by winning a 76th-minute penalty at Luton Town on Tuesday night, paving the way for Michael Smith to level matters from the spot.
In his new role as a right wing-back, Byrne has every intention of being the principle architect of his team’s goals as Town look to prove their doubters and detractors wrong over the coming month.
“Last season I got a few assists and four goals but I want to get more this season. Assists are a big thing for the wide players to get and if I can carry on the form I’ve got I’ll be very happy,” he told the Advertiser.
“I’ll probably getting a few chances (to score) this season but I’ll get a lots of chances to cross and create chances for people like Willo, Smudge, George Barker, Ben Gladwin, Mass - the boys who run into the box.
“That’s one of the main things I wanted to add to my game from last season.”
Byrne spent the whole of pre-season on the left of midfield where his creativeness was stifled. The wide-man was forced to cut inside on to his right foot to cross, negating his ability to beat defenders at pace.
However, the switch back to the right has brought the best out of the former Tottenham man, though he remains adamant he’s happy to play wherever manager Mark Cooper sees fit.
When asked whether his stint on the left was a frustrating time for him, he said: “I wouldn’t say I was frustrated because I trust the gaffer and I know that wherever he puts me, he thinks that’ll be best for the game. I’m happy with the way pre-season has gone, I’m feeling strong and fit and now I’m feeling comfortable out there, trying to get at defenders.
“I’m loving football at the moment. I know there are a lot of games to go, I know there a lot of games this month even but I’m really enjoying it on the right-hand side. The lads have started off great and we’re just willing to work and get better every game. I think there is a lot of talent here and we’re just trying to show that.”