Jan 20 2011 By Fraser Wilson
PARTICK THISTLE hitman Kris Doolan is out to strike up a new Firhill deal.
The 24-year-old, like the majority of the Jags first-team squad, is out of contract in the summer.
And with speculation mounting over fellow frontman Liam Buchanan's future at the club, Doolan is desperate to become boss Ian McCall's No.1 striker.
He said: "I want to stay and establish myself at Thistle."
The former Auchinleck Talbot marksman notched his eighth goal of the season on Saturday as istle stormed into the top half of the table with a 6-1 rout of Stirling Albion.
And although he has not yet hammered out his future with McCall, the hitman insists that is not a worry.
As he prepared for this weekend's league meeting with Cowdenbeath, Doolan said: "I've had a brief chat with the manager about a new deal but nothing concrete. Hopefully we can get things tied down.
"Almost an entire team is out of contract in the summer so the manager and the board have a lot to think about.
"Obviously you want to know where your future lies but I'm not worrying just yet. e manager has said we'll sit down at a later date and I've always said I want to stay here."
With eight goals to his credit this season, Doolan is well on the way to becoming the Jags' main marksman.
He was challenged by McCall to hit 10 goals this season but is set to raise the bar if he can steer clear of injury.
The striker said: "I spoke to the manager about breaking the 10-goal mark and hopefully I can go a bit further than that.
"It's a game-by-game thing with me and I just try to get on the scoresheet every time I play.
"Thankfully things have been going well for me lately and I'd like to think I can establish myself as a first pick ahead of next season.
"I've loved my two years at Thistle, the fans are great and the club has a superb history. We're away to Cowdenbeath this weekend on the back of a good league run and are confident we can keep that going."