PROLIFIC Dundalk star Richie Towell has revealed that Frank Lampard is his goalscoring inspiration, but admits that he will have to go across the water to reach the peak of his own ambitions.
The midfielder brought his tally for the season to 22 goals by scoring four in Friday's 6-0 demolition of derby rivals Drogheda as Dundalk took another step towards reclaiming their title.
Manager Stephen Kenny is proud of the work ethic of a group which wants to improve and Towell epitomises that.
But while the 24-year-old Dubliner is extremely happy in Louth, he knows that he'll have to go across the water again to achieve his dream of representing his country.
"I've said it before that you have to go," says the former Celtic youth, who has turned his career around by getting into peak physical condition.
"When was the last time an Irish player who played in the league got called up? I'm not naive.
"I don't want to get sidetracked, though. I'm a focused person and I always said I wanted to get Player of the Year and top scorer. Some people probably had a chuckle at that because I'm a midfielder but I'm ambitious.
"I've watched Frank Lampard's 100 Premier League goals five or six times just to see his repetitive runs into the box and things he's able to do. He's probably the best in the business at it so between that and practising as much as I can, it's paid off."