GARY Oliver admits he is still learning to play further forward as a more central striker — but he feels like a bigger menace to opposition defences already.

Oliver revealed to the Tele in December that manager Jim Duffy wanted him playing closer to goal because teams had figured out his instinct to come short and run with the ball.

And while the 22-year-old isn’t quite a natural poacher yet, he has been pleased with his progress and reckons he has been more dangerous to opponents in the past few weeks.

He told the Tele: “I’ve been getting into better positions and I think I’ve been a bit more of a threat to the opposition goal in recent weeks.  

“But I like doing both sides of the game — coming short to pick up the ball and playing up-front more.

“I’m still learning as I go though and trying to get my all-round game as good as it can be.  Hopefully I can add more goals to my game and create more chances for the team because that’s my job.

“I’ll keep trying to play my own game and take all the advice on board that the gaffer gives me and ideally I’ll be able to play well and score a goal on Saturday.”