Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Solly March is fit and raring to go ahead of the new season after overcoming a lower leg injury.
The 20-year-old is thrilled to begin preparations for the new campaign and his focus is now on ensuring the team mounts a challenge at the top end of the Championship.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “It’s good to be back and I’ve missed it after having eight weeks off.
“I had a little fracture in my leg, but I’m 100 per cent now and hopefully I can stay fit for the rest of the season and make a big impact.
“Touch wood, it’s going to stay that way. I’d like to say I’m as fit as everyone else now and ready to go.”
“Everyone is now eager to get out there and prove a point that we are a good team and can challenge at the right end of the table.”
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March has been working hard over the summer to maintain his fitness, after making a return to training at the end of last season.
He is now relishing the prospect of travelling out to a training camp in Geneva, as the countdown begins ahead of the season opener against Nottingham Forest.
“Over the summer I went on runs, did some core and gym work to get my leg stronger.
“I came into the training ground to work on a few things with Tom Barnden [1st team strength and conditioning coach], but I’ve mostly been working by myself with my off-season programme.
“Now I’m looking forward to going to Geneva and like everyone else, I want to get some game time and earn my place in the line-up for the Nottingham Forest match.”
The Friday night visit of Nottingham Forest under the Sky Sports cameras at the Amex is the first match of the 2015/16 season in all four divisions. The 20-year-old believes this will serve as added motivation ahead of the game.
“It’s going to be the season opener in England and all the other teams are going to be watching, so hopefully we can make a good statement.
“Anyone can beat anyone in the Championship, especially this year, as clubs are putting a lot more money into it.
“It’s going to be interesting to see which teams will be up there and hopefully we’ll be one of them.”