Stephen Pearson eyes more goals for Bristol City in coming season
By The Bristol Post | Thursday, June 21, 2012, 05:00
Stephen Pearson has stated his desire to score more goals after committing his long-term future to Bristol City.
Having signed a two-year contract at Ashton Gate, the Scot wants to improve upon a record that saw him hit the net on three occasions in 28 starts last season.
Signed on loan from Derby in October before agreeing a short-term contract, Pearson scored in wins over Burnley and Southampton and netted a spectacular effort in a 2-2 draw against Birmingham to help the Robins retain their Championship status.
Although his overall level of performance was sufficient to earn him a new deal, the former Celtic schemer feels he must do better in and around the opposition penalty area.
"You can never relax in football and, even though I've got a two-year deal, I feel I have to prove myself," said Pearson.
"I would like to score more goals. That is key for me. I like to get into the box and get as many opportunities as I can.
"I could have had a lot more goals last season, but it was not to be. With better finishing, hopefully, I can bang a few more goals in next season.
"I'm married now and it is nice to have that bit of security that a two-year deal gives you, but I know I can do better. I would love to be a first-team regular next season, but it is up to me to prove I'm good enough for that. It is a fresh start for all of us and pre-season is going to be an important time."
Pearson had offers from a number of other clubs, including Millwall, but cited his relationship with City manager Derek McInnes as the main reason behind his decision to stay in Bristol.
He said: "I had a few other options, but I really enjoyed working for the manager and the club. It's a good city and there's a really good bunch of lads, so this club ticked all the right boxes.
"Derek McInnes was also a midfielder and it helps having a manager who played in a similar role. He is a really good manager and I've enjoyed working with him."
McInnes said of Pearson: "He had other offers, but he loves playing for the club and we enjoy working with him.
"Sometimes you can get ahead of other teams when you've had the benefit of working with them, so I was always confident of getting it done."
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