The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

EX­ETER City striker Tom Ni­chols in­sists he is not too wor­ried about hav­ing to fight for his start­ing berth at St James Park.

The 22-year-old net­ted twice in Ex­eter’s 4-0 win over Ley­ton Ori­ent last week­end, tak­ing his goal tally to three goals from this sea­son’s first six games.

And that is the sort of form he will have to main­tain in or­der to avoid sum­mer sign­ings Will Hoskins and Joel Grant muscling their way into the side.

“Com­pe­ti­tion is good, train­ing’s good at the mo­ment and we’re all push­ing for a start­ing place,” said Ni­chols.

“It keeps you on your toes and once we’re all fit I’m sure it’s a bit of a headache for (man­ager) Paul Tisdale who to pick.”

All three of Ni­chols’ goals this sea­son have come from the penalty spot, but he is not con­cerned about adding more from open play.

“This time last year I was on one goal and I ended up fin­ish­ing with quite a lot,” he added. “It does a lot for you on a per­sonal level when you score.

“It re­laxes you a bit be­cause that’s what strik­ers are there for.”

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