Preston midfielder Brad Potts has spoken about his excitement for next season, after having to overcome an injury last year.
The 24-year-old has spoken to Preston’s club website about how hard he has worked to recover from a knee problem, which he has spent the close season rehabilitating.
The squad is yet to return to the training ground, Springfields, which they will do later this week.
After missing a lot of the season because of the injury, the midfielder appreciates the hard work that has gone into him.
“It has been a strange summer,” he told PNE.Com.
“It has been my first one where I have had to come in due to injury, which has been frustrating, but in the last couple of weeks I have been running and trying to push on and be ready for pre-season.
“Jacko [Matt Jackson, club physio] has put me through my paces and it is good to come in and I feel like I focus more in that environment.
“I have still had my holidays, but I have had to come in on occasions and there have been a few of us in and it would have been a bit depressing being in by myself, but we have helped each other along and we have done our work together.”
Potts joined Preston in January where he managed to get 10 games in the league scoring twice before the knee injury struck. Before he joined Preston, he had scored six goals in 22 League One appearances for Barnsley.
With the automatic promotion of Barnsley, Potts admits that fixture has been on his mind.
“I am not going to lie, the Barnsley games were the first ones I checked for. I looked who we had first game of the season and then looked for those two games. It will be good to go back and see some old friends, but I am just focused on the season ahead with Preston.
“You have to play everyone twice; it doesn’t really matter when you play them, but it is still interesting to see when you play teams, especially the first couple.
“Millwall will be a tough game, but we will be going there to win the game, as we always do. The first home game will be a good one for both sets of fans – it is a local derby and that should mean it has an extra kick to it. But we want to be getting off to a good start.
“We have quite a bit of time away from each other, so it will be good to see all the lads and just get back into the swing of things.
“We have quite a bit of time away from each other, so it will be good to see all the lads and just get back into the swing of things.”
After Brad Potts’ career at Preston failed to take off last season due to injuries, he will be hoping that can get a good run in the side and be a consistent player for Alex Neil.
He will be hoping to get back to full-fitness as soon as possible and to make sure he doesn’t miss out on any the beginning of the season due to it.
Hitting the ground running will be vital for Potts and his chance of becoming a mainstay in the Preston side for the coming season.