Cheltenham Town video: Hot-shot Harrad feels at home
SHAUN Harrad says he already feels "at home" three starts into his long-term loan spell with Cheltenham Town.
The 27-year-old has made a dream start to life with the Robins, scoring in all of his League Two appearances so far.
His latest strike was a near post header from Billy Jones' corner in last Saturday's battling 1-0 victory at Aldershot Town.
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He was kept quiet for the majority of the rain-interrupted match, but popped up in the 72nd minute to seal Cheltenham's first away success of the new campaign.
Harrad decided to make the season-long move from Bury to put a smile back on his face and he has spent the last fortnight beaming having made such a big impact at the Abbey Business Stadium.
"I feel at home here to be honest and I can't stop smiling now," Harrad said.
"All the lads have made me feel welcome and they are playing to my strengths and creating chances.
"It was frustrating against Aldershot, but credit to us for still getting the result.
"I feel on top of my game and it's still very early in the season so I couldn't ask for anything more really."
Despite Harrad's red-hot start, he knows that competition in the squad is fierce, with Darryl Duffy, Jeff Goulding and Chris Zebroski all vying for the central striker's role in boss Mark Yates' preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
"Nobody thinks they are guaranteed a game at the moment because there are a lot of players not involved," Harrad said.
"They are all itching to get on so we are all on our toes.
"Confidence is flying and we can't wait for the games to come around to be honest. There is a great buzz in the dressing room."
Harrad has been receiving some stick from his team mates about a lack of imagination with his celebrations.
He ran straight to Yates after scoring at Aldershot.
"The lads have all had a joke about it and they keep saying I need to work on my celebrations," Harrad said.
"But I ran to the manager on Saturday because he brought me here and has supported me.
"Bury said they didn't want me in their plans so I came here to play football and do what I know I am capable of. I'm staying level-headed, but I think I've shown that already and I couldn't be at a better place."
â Cheltenham reserves will play a friendly at Walsall today.