UTILITY player Ben Pollock hopes that the confidence installed in him by manager Josh Gowling will help him show a different side once the season commences.

The 22-year-old arrived at Edgar Street last season and can play across the midfield and defence.

He made 15 appearances last season after arriving in October, with five of those coming in the last five games before lockdown and has signed a new deal at Hereford for the coming season.

"Russel Slade brought me in and at the back end of his management I spent a lot of time with (Josh) Gowling in the stands which was a frustrating time," said Pollock.

"So for him to come in, put me in the starting line-up and keep me in there, meant a lot. I feel good, I feel confident and I want to play.

"I feel I'm in a position now where I can show people what I can do and repay the gaffer with the faith he's put in me.

"With the confidence the gaffer has put in me and the faith he's put in me I feel I can show people a different side of me where I can go and get some goals, add to the team more, help people out and make a big impact on the team."

After completing his youth training at Newcastle United, Pollock moved to Hartlepool United before dropping down the football pyramid at Dunston UTS and Billingham Synthonia.

Pollock is now looking forward to returning to daytime training with Hereford FC.

He added: "That's a massive reason why I want to come here, "I want to be the best player I can be and I feel like going full-time and getting more training will massively help me as well as working with the gaffer and coaching staff.

"There was a bit of an adjustment period but I feel I've got a lot more to offer, "From where I had been playing it was a different style, I think this season I can really kick on and show people what I can do.

"In terms as an individual I've never really doubted where I can play or the level I can play at. I think now I just needed a bit of luck.

"I did full-time for a year at Hartlepool but had a bit of a knock back for two years after that.

"You find it quite frustrating as when things are done for you then you have to take it on your own and look after your fitness levels. It's a lot harder to maintain that, that's a big part of my game, the fitter I am the better player I am so full-time training will help that."

Pollock, who live in the North East is considering moving closer to the area or staying in hotels to fit around training.

"I was up in the North East and that's something that I will take as it comes," he added.

"I'm going to start commute it half and half and maybe stay in a hotel a few times and then if it's something I'm struggling with or affecting me on the pitch then I'll be looking at moving down here."

Speaking about his preferred position Pollock said he 'loves' centre-midfield in a holding or box to box role.

He added: "Speaking to the manager he sees me as being quite utile, using me at centre-half or right back sometimes, as long as I'm on the pitch and doing a job for the team that's what I'm looking forward to doing."