Clive Allen feels Lee Barnard has benefited from his loan stint at Northampton Town and come back with a hunger for goals - as shown with his hat-trick performance against Derby County on Wednesday.
The striker, despite spending three months away from the club, leads the goalscoring charts for the reserves with 14 goals from 15 appearances and the Development Coach was happy with his return at Stevenage.
"He has come back hungary and, again, we have seen what Lee is all about," beamed Clive. "He worked very, very hard and put himself about, which you know he's going to do.
"I've had a lot of chats with him over the season and I think he looks a goalscorer. He is there to take the opportunities, you might say his first goal was a simple one, but he was there to take it and capitalise on a mistake. For me it is good poaching and good goalscoring.
"You have to be in those positions and he has a sense for it and a desire for it now. It was an excellent hat-trick for him."
Clive added that he received good reports from Northampton boss Colin Calderwood over Lee's contribution while on loan.
"I think Colin has been very pleased with him and is maybe looking to do something with Lee. I know Lee enjoyed his time there and it was league football for him.
"What he has shown is the character he has to come back and perform like he has here."