AFC Wimbledon striker Byron Harrison is back from injury and ready to reclaim his place in an already over-crowded attack line.
Harrison, who has been out since November with a back injury, featured from the start in the Dons’ 4-1 win over Horley Town in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old scored the second goal of the night, his ninth of the season, to remind boss Neal Ardley of his goal-scoring prowess.
However, with loanee Paul McCallum banging in the goals – four in three games – and Jack Midson, Jason Prior and Charlie Strutton all competing for limited places, Harrison is prepared for the fight.
“Competition is all part of football. Paul, Jack, Jason and Charlie are all good strikers in their own right, all I can do is get myself right and sharp again, and then fight for my place,” he said.
“But I don’t see it as a negative for me, the competition is healthy. Paul is getting the goals at the moment and that is great for him and the club, we need someone doing well right now.
“At the start of the season there may have been less competition for places but I did not become complacent, and it’s just as well because there is definitely competition now.”
Despite the Dons’ recent run of three games unbeaten, they have not moved out of the League Two relegation zone as the teams around them are enjoying their own rich vein of form.
But Harrison, who had 20 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, remains confident that the Kingsmeadow men will beat the drop.
“There is a different pressure at the bottom but we cannot allow that to get to us because there is a job to do,” he said.
“No one is shirking their responsibilities in the team, and I know that if we can continue our form from the start of the year, we can stay up.”