AFTER scoring his fourth goal in nine matches for Gillingham in the English League Two, 35-year-old Deon Burton is itching for penalty-taking duties to get a shot at being his team's top scorer.
His teammate Danny Kedwell leads with eight goals, four from the spot, in the League Two and Burton is hoping that Gills would turn to him by the end of the year.
"Danny's on penalties, so he's got that added bonus. If we can change to me on penalties after Christmas I might catch back up," Burton told the BBC.
"I've scored 18 from 20 in the last five or six years. If he isn't playing, I'm ready to take them," added Burton, Jamaica's Sportsman of the Year in 1997.
"I've been reminding him about the stats in case he decides he's not feeling it. Keds is on fire and has scored every one so far. Whenever he's not playing and I am, there's someone to step in," emphasised Burton.
Burton netted in the 44th minute on Tuesday in Gillingham's 2-1 win over Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton, East Midlands.
Starting in all nine games he has played for the Gills, Burton was substituted out seven times after taking 11 shots of which five were on goal.
A much-travelled player, he is expected to be in the line-up again on Saturday when Gillingham visit Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium at 9:00 am Jamaican time.
Burton has played for Qabala in Azerbaijan, English clubs Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Brentford, Portsmouth, Walsall, Derby County, and Welsh club Cardiff City.