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Vaughan determined to kick on

Fit again striker wants to make up for lost time

Last Updated: 29/12/09 5:27pm

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Vaughan: Wants to kick on

Vaughan: Wants to kick on

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Everton striker James Vaughan has revealed his determination to kick on with his career after capping his return from an injury nightmare with a goal.

The 21-year-old netted his first senior goal for two years when scoring the opener in Everton's 2-0 win over Burnley on Monday.

The youngster's last strike came in a Uefa Cup tie against AZ Alkmaar in December 2007 and Vaughan is delighted to be back amongst the goals.

He said: "It was a great feeling, not only because we got three points but the fact that I came on and scored my first goal for a long, long while.

"In all the time that I have been out injured, I never once thought that it wouldn't happen for me in football.

Great people

"I have had great people around me, family, coaches, giving me confidence that I could get back out onto the pitch to do what I know I am good at."

After becoming Everton's youngest player as a 16-year-old in April 2005, Vaughan has made just 10 starts for the Goodison Park club almost five years on from his debut.

His career has been hampered by two serious knee injuries, a dislocated shoulder and a severed artery in his foot, but Vaughan hopes that he will now be injury-free for the rest of his career.

He added: "These past few years have been very frustrating.

"Injuries happen in football and I tell myself that mine have all happened early in my career and now they are behind me.

Kick on

"Now I believe I can kick on in my career. I know what I can do on the pitch, I will always give 100 per cent and what happens will happen for me."

Vaughan's target is to play in Everton's first team on a regular basis but he would be happy to go out on loan to help achieve this aim.

The 21-year-old has been linked with a return to Derby, where he picked up a knee problem while on loan earlier this season.

He added: "I am just happy to be back, I want to start doing my bit for the team after so many problems.

"I was even injured while on loan at Derby this season, and there has been talk that I may go back there on loan again, but that is all up to the gaffer (Moyes).

"It is out of my hands, but I will do everything I can to get back into Everton's first team and if that means going out on loan again, I'll be glad to do that."

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