March is focused on being fit for his Premier League debut.
Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March cannot wait for the new Premier League season to start – and has reassured supporters that he will be fit and raring to go when the team return for pre-season training.
The 22-year-old has made himself unavailable for England under-21 duty, prior to the European Championships this summer, due to minor heel injury felt since the end of the season.
He explained, “My heel was sore and there was a bit of bone bruising and a risk of it getting worse if I played on any longer. I was hopeful of going to the European Championship finals with England, but the main thing was to rest and get ready for next season.
“It is a disappointment not to go to the tournament, but I want to be fit for the whole season and have a proper go at it. The best thing was to rest it now. It should be okay for pre-season; another month or so of resting and it will be fine.”
March was speaking during a visit to one of Albion in the Community’s Premier League Kicks sessions in Whitehawk, where he met some of the young footballers that attend the charity’s regular free football sessions.
He also got a first glimpse of the new Nike Ordem V official Premier League match ball, which the Premier League and Nike had given to AITC for their players to try before any of the professionals.
Ahead of his debut top-flight campaign, March admitted that events like the recent promotion parade and seeing the excitement build across the city were making the reality of Albion’s achievements sink in.
“The parade was unbelievable - a lot bigger than I thought it would be. The whole city turned out. It boosted everyone and showed everyone what we had achieved rather than the disappointment of not winning the league.
“Going up was great for everyone, but being local lad made it that little bit more special. I think once the fixtures come out we will start thinking about it, that we can’t wait for this or that game. It’s going to be a massive test for us but we will enjoy it and take it in our stride.”