Gibson hoping for big season at Goodison

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DARRON GIBSON has vowed to raise his game and has targetted more goals when the new Premiership campaign gets under way in three weeks.

Everton open the season with a home fixture against Gibson’s former club, Manchester United and the Hazelbank man wants to make an instant impact.

Following his move to Merseyside last January, the Republic of Ireland international was depliyed as a defensive midfielder but he insists he has more to offer manager, David Moyes.

The 24 year-old showed glimpses of his attacking prowess by scoring the only goal in a memorable Goodison win over Manchester City last season, and with a reputation as a long-range specialist he wants to hit the back of the net more often – starting with that opening game against his former employers.

“More goals would be my main aim and obviously just to keep the performances going,” he said. “And hopefully the team can finish higher than last year.

“I was expecting to play as a box-to-box midfielder when I came across.

“The anchoring role just seemed to happen that way.

“It is not a role I have been given, it is just what has happened in the games.

But like I said before hopefully I can do a bit more next season.

“It does seem to be working as we have not lost in the Premier League since I came here but obviously that is not all down to me.”

Gibson’s Goodison switch proved yet another shrewd acquisition by Moyes.

And the Derry man admits it has gone better than he might have hoped.

“The first few games I probably wasn’t as good as I was in the last few games,” he said.

Nervous Start

“But the goal against City settled my nerves a bit, got me into my stride and playing well – it did settle me down.

“I probably didn’t expect to play as much to be honest.

“I expected to get some games but I didn’t expect to start every game I was fit and available for, which I was delighted with.

“Obviously when I came in the team was on a roll, everyone was playing well and it helped me out a lot.

“So hopefully we can keep going from the way we played last year.

“Everyone is buzzing to be back, everyone is looking like they are getting fit and the games come thick and fast now.”