NATHAN Minhas has left Ascot United for Billericay Town – but the young shooting star's ultimate goal is to play for Liverpool.

And he says: "I am confident I can go all the way."

The 21-year-old striker signed for the National League South club last October and immediately loaned back to the Yellamen.

But, following a number of personnel changes, the Essex club now want him and yesterday (Tuesday) named him in their squad for the first time.

Ascot manager Jamie Tompkins commented: "Obviously, we are disappointed to lose the Hellenic League's top scorer, but he's too good at our level, he's a National League player. I hope he will do really well there and take his opportunity.

"We do have the option to take him back, but in the nicest possible way I hope that doesn't happen as he should be playing at National League level."

Billericay boss Dean Brennan added: “He is dynamic, he knows where the goal is, and he’s a nice kid who works hard.”

Minhas joined Ascot this season from Maidenhead United's highly successful Under 23 team after coach Aaron Steadman had also made the move to link up with Tompkins at the Racecourse Ground.

And he made a sensational start, bagging a hat-trick in four of Ascot's opening seven league games, and his current goal tally stands at an impressive 32 goals from 30 league and cup ties.

Only the woodwork denied him adding to his tally when United completed their 2018 fixtures with a 2-0 win over Longlevens at the Racecourse Ground last Saturday.

"It would have been nice to have scored, but I'm happy with the number of goals I've got so far," he told the News after the game, which ended the initial loan arrangement between the two clubs.

"Billericay have now said they don't want to renew the loan and have put me in their squad as from the first of January.

"It's a big challenge for me as I am moving up some levels, but I am looking forward to it very much and showing what I can do. I think I will be fine if I get my chance.

"I'm always confident I am going to score goals although I didn't expect to have got 30 already this season."

He hopes by playing for Billericay his career will continue to flourish and take him closer to his dream of becoming a professional.

"I'm 21, so I think I can get there, I am confident," he said.

"It's a big step up, but I would love to play for Liverpool one day. I am a massive fan. I am confident I can go all the way."

Despite having other talented strikers in their squad, Ascot wasted no time in bringing in a new forward to fill the vacancy left by Minhas, signing Ryan Debattista on a dual registration from Bostik League side Chalfont St Peter. His previous clubs include Egham, Beaconsfield SYCOB, Burnham and Basingstoke.

He is expected to be in Ascot's squad for their league matches at Brimscombe & Thrupp this Saturday and at Binfield next Monday evening.