Albion's defender is eager to build on his success from last season.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Connor Goldson is relishing the challenge of facing fresh competition for the centre-back berths going into the new season.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a successful first year at the club, picking up the Young Player of the Season award, and he is eager to replicate his achievements.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m delighted to be back. It’s good to see the boys and to all get back together.
“We’ve got five or six weeks to get ready and then we’ll hopefully be prepared for the start of the season.
“It’s just a case of trying to carry on from where I left off, start the season well and then it’s up to me to keep my place.
“There are now three first-team centre halves and there’s another young lad that has come in from Motherwell [Ben Hall].
“It’s the same every year and there’s going to be competition for every place. It’s all about making sure you’re fit and it’s up to the gaffer to pick what he feels is right.”
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Goldson says the whole squad have been eased into the first few days of training after the summer break and he is now looking forward to the club’s week-long private overseas training camp.
“I don’t think it’s like the old days where you come in and get battered! The first few days are more thought about and there’s a lot of sport science that comes into it these days.
“The first day saw us tested a lot and towards the end of the week the intensity got a bit higher.
“Next week gives us a chance to gel together as a squad. We all know each other, but it’s good to get away, get a bit of sun and do some team building as well as training.”
Albion will return from the training camp ahead of scheduled friendlies against the likes of Crawley, Stevenage, Oxford and Lazio, ahead of the season opener at Derby County on 6th August.
“The next few weeks will be all about getting our fitness right and it all boils down to the first game of the season at Derby.
“We’ve got to limit the number of injuries and make sure we’re ready to go at the beginning of the season.”