Former Everton striker Chris Long believes his spell at Motherwell can help fuel the fire for a Premier League return.

The Well striker was at the Toffees as a youngster, spending a total of 14 years with the Merseyside club. He made his first-team debut back in 2014 during a Europa League match.

Long was an Everton prospect. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)

That was the only ever senior appearance he made in blue, but he’s adamant his current spell in Lanarkshire can propel him back to the platform Everton are currently on.

He told the Daily Record: “This can be the first step to getting back there. I know for a fact I can get back to that level. Stephen Robinson believes in me. I’ve got the right manager and I’m at the right club.

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“The last few years have been down to myself. My mentality just hasn’t been right. I’d been at Everton for 14 years so it was a culture shock to move on. It has been four years since I left Everton now and bouncing about with loan moves hasn’t helped.

Long has Goodison regrets. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

““I need to get my head down, work hard and get back to where I should be. Once I’m back at that level, I know I can kick on. The only person to blame is me for things not working out. I was young and stupid in my lifestyle. It was my own fault but now it’s down to me to change it.”

Former Everton prospect Long must start firing at Motherwell

After years of bouncing around different clubs in the EFL following his Everton release, Long has a permanent home in Motherwell for now.

His contract expires at the end of this season though so he’ll need to start firing regularly if he even wants to stay at Fir Park. So far he’s scored three times in 13 games.

Currently in Lanarkshire. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goals haven’t been flowing regularly as of yet but Long certainly looks like a man on a mission. His effort is exemplary and he’s turned in a good few workmanlike performances in claret and amber.

Will he return to his lofty Goodison Park heights though? He’ll need to put in a lot of hard yards to make that a reality.

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