'I want to be top scorer in the league' - Nielsen
Sligo Rovers’ newest signing Morten Nielsen says he wants to be the top scorer in the League of Ireland for 2015.
Nielsen, who comes to Rovers having enjoyed spells with clubs such as AZ Alkmaar and Chelsea, says his ambition for the season is to be top goal-scorer at Rovers, and in the league as a whole.
Speaking at his unveiling at the Showgrounds, the 24-year-old said:
‘I have long-term and short-term goals. For this season I want to be top scorer for the club and for the League of Ireland. I bet if you ask any guy from any team he will say that. There can only be one. I want to be that one. There are lots of small steps too. First one is, I want to stay injury free. I want to get completely fit for the season. That’s the first goal.
‘I have them all written down next to my bed. Every night before I go to sleep that’s the last thing I see and the first thing I see when I wake up.’
The striker also revealed that he has seen Rovers play previously, as he watched the Europa League fixture against Rosenberg.
‘I actually knew a fair bit about the League of Ireland before. Obviously I lived in England so I saw a lot of Sky Sports. I’ve actually seen Sligo Rovers play a few times because they played in Europe. They actually played in Norway against a few of my friends in Rosenberg so I knew the team already’, he said.
And while snow and low temperatures made the first day of pre-season that bit tougher, Nielsen said he was happy to be back training.
‘The first day is a lot to take in, I cannot remember a single name! You always have to learn the names and you have to speak to everybody. Everybody’s been really friendly, and everybody wants me to succeed. I want myself to succeed and to do the best I can.
‘I’m really happy to be here. Today was the first day, it was nice to be back at training. It was unbelievably cold, not nice. ‘
Despite having numerous options over the winter, he feels that Sligo Rovers is the right club for him.
‘I really was looking to go to Scotland, England or Ireland and I had a few options in various countries and I think Sligo is the best choice, football wise and the manager seems really friendly. He’s a young and ambitious guy like myself.’
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