SAM Winnall will not be setting himself goalscoring targets for Oxford United this season, because the striker feels anything is possible once he returns to fitness.

The 29-year-old is looking for a fresh start after joining Karl Robinson’s side earlier this month.

A summer spent training on his own following a release by Sheffield Wednesday means he is playing catch-up.

Sessions at United have been held up by a slight calf strain, but Winnall is now making good progress.

Head coach Robinson is hopeful the front man could be available to make his debut in around a fortnight.

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And it cannot come soon enough for the former Wolves trainee, who has high hopes once he does return to the pitch.

“I’m excited to get back training and working hard, because there’s no better feeling,” he said.

“I’m ambitious, but I try not to set targets. Every single minute I’m on the pitch I want to score, so I don’t tend to set a number, because I think the sky’s the limit.

“I don’t want to put a number and think once I get to that I’ll be happy – I just want to score as many goals as I possibly can.

“There will be no target for me, just a lot of ambition and grit between my teeth.”

The last time Winnall played in League One, he smashed 24 goals to help get Barnsley promoted via the 2016/17 play-offs.

But the last two seasons have been a grind, with just two goals and only 25 appearances.

Becoming a free agent while the football world has been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic also made for a challenging time before United came calling.

He said: “Everything that happened last season with the games being cancelled and the lay-off we had, it threw a spanner into the works.

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“I couldn’t get too disheartened about it, because I couldn’t control it.”

He added: “This is the game. You have ups and downs, you have good times, bad times.

“I’m 29 now, I’ve been through it all. It’s been a frustrating two years with me not playing as much football as I would have wanted.

“But that’s in the past now, it’s gone.

“It’s all about the present and the future.

“I’m really looking forward to being at a club where we can be successful.”