Stevie May is determined to stay and fight for a starting spot at Sheffield Wednesday despite continued interest from north of the border.
The striker, who notched seven goals in 43 outings following an £800,000 switch from St Johnstone last season, is reportedly on the radar of Rangers.
Aberdeen have also been linked with a move for the Scotland international while it was only two months ago St Johnstone, one of May’s former clubs, asked about the possibility of recruiting him on loan ahead of the 2015/16 season. The 22-year-old plundered 28 goals for the Perth club the season before last.
But May has quashed talk of him leaving Hillsborough, stressing he wants to force his way into Carlos Carvalhal’s long-term plans.
He told The Star: “Throughout my whole career, there has been speculation about my future but I don’t take any notice of it. I just concentrate on playing my football.
“I’m focused on one thing and that’s getting into the Sheffield Wednesday first eleven on the first day of the season and progressing from there. That is all I have got on my mind.”
After squandering a number of glorious goal-scoring opportunities last campaign, May is seeking to be more ruthless in front of goal this time around, starting at home to Championship newcomers Bristol City on August 8.
“I had enough chances to get well into double figures last season,” he insisted. “I had my ups and downs; it’s fine margins.”
May said he has not set himself a goal target but stated: “I want to score in every game I play. The Championship is very high paced.
“It takes time to get used to it and hopefully I, and the team, can kick on this season.”
Although a thigh injury has so far restricted May’s involvement in Wednesday’s pre-season programme, he is enjoying the style of play Carvalhal has introduced.
He said: “We have a new manager who has brought in a new way of playing. It’s something I have not been involved with before in terms of the way he [Carvalhal] wants us to play but it is exciting.
“As each day goes by, we are getting used to it. Once we adapt to that and get that style of play and it all clicks then it could be a special year.
“There are a lot of good footballers coming in who are technically good. Come the first game of the season, we want to be raring to go and get off to a good start.”