STUART Beavon has enjoyed playing with fellow Burton Albion new boy Lucas Akins but knows there is plenty of competition for places at the club.
The two new signings have looked impressive in pre-season but with Adam McGurk, Billy Kee, Dominic Knowles and Alex MacDonald breathing down their necks, Beavon knows they will have to battle for starting spots.
"Lucas likes to get forward, and while I want to chip in with a few goals, I'll also look for people running in behind and I've set up a few," said Beavon.
"Obviously there are four or five of us who are fighting for one or two spots.
"It's healthy to have that competition and it gives everybody a push."
Beavon has joined Albion on a season-long loan from Preston North End, and the 30-year-old – who lives in Burton – said he had little hesitation in joining.
"I spoke to the gaffer, I'd watched a couple of play-off games and I know a couple of the lads down here, so I was looking forward to coming," he said.
"I'm from Reading originally but I live just round the corner.
"I've settled in really well, and they're a great bunch of lads and I'm really enjoying it."
Against Derby last Tuesday night, Beavon – whose father (also Stuart) played more than 400 games for Reading and grandfather Cyril featured more than 450 times for Oxford United – played as the central striker of a front three that also included McGurk and Akins.
Despite not being the tallest striker, he held his own against the Rams' Richard Keogh and Jake Buxton, winning a number of headers.
"If need be, I don't mind playing up on my own," he said.
"I've always been pretty good in the air, and I never shy out of a challenge either, so it was good to get in among it."