Brighton & Hove Albion striker Florin Andone says that he feels refreshed and ready for pre-season ahead of the new campaign.
The forward revealed that he’d been enjoying time in the off-season with friends and family and is now prepared to tackle his second season in England as a result.
He said, “I had a really nice break with family and friends and now I’m ready to start again this season.
“I’m very excited because it’s a new year and I feel fit and ready to start. The break was needed because the end of last season was tough for everyone and very hard.
“We got the job done and reached our target of staying up, and for everyone it was important to have a break to rest mentally and recharge again.
“It was nice for me and I feel like a new player and person who’s ready for the new campaign.”
The Romanian had to wait until the start of November before making his first appearance for the club, before going on to turn out a further 26 times in all competitions.
Andone spoke about the frustrating start to life in England, before emphasising the lessons he’s learnt from the tough spell on the sidelines.
“Last year was hard because I had a few injuries that I didn’t expect, it was my toughest year with those,” he continued.
“But that’s the reality of football and you have highs and lows, sometimes you have to wait and rest, but of course everything was different for me.
“The league and team were new to me and we had a new style that we played, I tried to learn as much as possible and now I feel ready, I know what I need to do this year and I know what this division is about.”
Graham Potter will take charge of the Seagulls when the new season begins at the start of August, and the former Deportivo forward reflected on the impact that a new boss can have.
“Whenever a new head coach comes in, everyone starts with a clean slate.
“Everybody is the same and now we need to work hard to show him what we can do and that we’re ready to play and do our best.
“I’m ready to train and work hard and help the team when they need me.”