Forest Green striker Shawn McCoulsky insists he wasn't left frustrated by the return of Christian Doidge - and says the former Rovers striker has helped him a lot.

McCoulsky moved to the New Lawn from Bristol City back in January as Doidge's replacement before the forward returned from Bolton Wanderers just days later.

The former Newport County hitman fell behind Doidge in the pecking order and was restricted to just three league starts.

The 22-year-old wasn't too frustrated about the situation he found himself in and was full of praise for Doidge.

"It wasn't really difficult," he revealed.

"When I knew that he came back I just thought 'I need to fight for my position,' and at a football team there's always going to be competition.

"I learnt a few things off him, which was good.

"I wish him all the best because he is a top striker and I've learnt a few bits off him so it wasn't really frustrating as I was learning.

"I just had to just come on and take my chance when I got it."

McCoulsky has scored six goals in five games during pre-season and looks set to lead the line when Forest Green take on Oldham Athletic in their League Two opener tomorrow.

He is confident he will score the goals to help fire Mark Cooper's men into League One and achieve the goals he has set for himself.

"As a striker you've got to be confident and positive that you can always score goals," said McCoulsky.

"I always think positively and know that I'm going to score goals so as long as I get the opportunity and get into the position to score, I will score goals.

"I've scored six in five so it's always good to go into a season confident.

"I've got personal targets that I want to achieve which is score goals, get promoted and do great things with this team.

"I've had a good pre-season so hopefully I can take that into the season and hit the ground running."

The forward wants nothing less than promotion this season and says the squad are prepared for the task at hand.

"We've learnt so much from last season, we've picked ourselves up and we're ready to go again," he said.

"Promotion is the aim, nothing more and nothing less."