GOALSCORING debutant Michael Symes is glad to have arrived at Burton Albion after a frustrating spell at Leyton Orient.
The 29-year-old striker netted his 50th Football League goal as the 10-man Brewers earned a 1-1 draw at League Two bottom club AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
And Symes is looking forward to putting his nightmare at the Orient - where he started just six games this season - behind him.
“It’s been frustrating for me at Leyton Orient,” said the 6ft 3in Scouser. “I just want to play week in, week out.
“The season’s more or less been a write-off so far, so I just want to hold my place, score as many goals as I can and hopefully get promotion.”
Brewers boss Gary Rowett snapped up the big target-man on transfer deadline day and has told the ex-Accrington and Bournemouth man that he can earn a permanent deal if his loan to the end of the season pays off.
“I don’t want to look too far ahead and instead just concentrate on staying fit and playing,” said Symes.
“I could’ve got out a couple of months earlier, but luckily I held on and got the move that I want.
“I’d definitely consider a move to Burton full-time, 100 per cent.
“I’ve only been here for one game, but I like it here.
“I just want to do as well as I can.
“I’ve been down south for a couple of years now and the missus is pregnant and I think a move back up north would be what I’m after.”
Burton’s interest in Symes was first mooted earlier in the January transfer window before he signed on Thursday.
Rowett, the Pirelli Stadium and training at the FA Centre were all attractions for the former Everton trainee.
“A week or two into the window it was mentioned (by my agent),” said Symes.
“They’re doing well in the league, they’ve got a good young manager, the stadium and the training ground all came into play.
“With it being further up towards Liverpool, where I’m from, made it perfect for me.
“On the last day my agent phoned me and told me Burton wanted me on loan.
“Luckily it came through and I’m here.”
Back on the field, Symes was over the moon to have netted on his debut.
“I couldn’t have asked for more,” he said. “It’s always good to score on your debut and I think a point in the end was a good result.
“It was always going to be tough.
“They’re fighting to stay in the league and the pitch doesn’t suit getting the ball down.
“The wind didn’t help, nor did going down to 10 men, so it’s ended up being a good point.”
Symes almost made the perfect start for Burton after just 25 seconds when his header rocked the bar from a cracking cross from fellow debutant Alex MacDonald.
“It was a great cross in and I managed to get a nod on it and it’s hit the underside of the bar and come out instead of going over the line,” said Symes.
“That would’ve been a perfect start.
“I thought it was in with it hitting the underside of the bar. I expected it to bounce over the line, but as it bounced down it’s bounced out.
“It was unlucky.”
There was no doubt with his goal, though, as Symes took a tricky ball down and then hit a tasty left-footed volley across Neil Sullivan and into the far corner of the net.
“I think it looped high in the air before it came to me,” said Symes. “I expected a defender to at least come and challenge for the ball, but they let me get a touch on it and I headed it twice before volleying it and it’s gone in.”
Symes also got to renew his partnership with Billy Kee after Kee came on for Matt Paterson at half-time.
The duo played together at Accrington and both scored in a 2-0 win over Burton at the Pirelli Stadium in December, 2009.
“It was nice (playing with Billy again),” said Symes. “I played with him at Accrington and we had a good partnership going when we played together.
“Hopefully, we can kick on and get a partnership going like we had at Accrington.
“He’s a big character, Billy, and I was happy when I saw him coming on a half-time and we half know each other’s games, so it’s good.”