STRIKER Joey Butlin says his main priority is working hard for the Bulls after making his debut appearance.

The 27-year-old forward made his debut against Leamington on Saturday after impressing Hereford manager Josh Gowling in training.

He was signed from Chasetown in the Northern Premier League Division One South East (step four of non-league), scoring nine goals in 12 appearances this season.

When asked whether he was worried about the step in quality? Butlin replied: "Not really, it's just football.

"You go out there and have a battle. I like battling but also when we get the chance to play I love that as well.

"I like to do both. On the pitch it's just a little bit faster and players read the passes a bit better.

"Apart from that it's all the same. Hopefully the season (National League North) can get back on, they can sort out what they need to and we can get playing football.

"I did set myself a target this season, I wanted to be the top goalscorer in the league I was playing in.

"Coming here I just want to play well from the start. If I get goals that's a bonus to me.

"Working hard for the team is the main thing at the minute."

The move came about after Butlin was suggested to Gowling by a contact resulting in the striker being invited to training two weeks ago.

However, due to a break in matches Butlin was made to wait for his debut appearance.

"I had to prove a bit to the gaffer (Gowling) to show what I'm about," added Butlin.

"The Chasetown season got suspended so to come here is a breath of fresh air.

"I can't remember the last time I played for them, I think it was September or October.

"It was a long time ago and I'm going to feel it tomorrow. The last 10 minutes I was knackered.

"I was running through (on goal) and I started getting cramp. I could have passed it but I was in a mad zone of like falling down."

Butlin played against the Bulls almost five years ago at Edgar Street in the Midland Football League for Walsall Wood with Hereford running out 2-1 victors.

"There was a lot of fans so I think that was a big occasion for us," Gowling added.

"We were used to playing in front of 10 so coming to play in front of a couple of thousand was brilliant for us as a team.

"I went through with manager Mark Swann and then went to Chasetown with him, so pretty much followed him around since I've been playing."