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RTID: Richie Wellens

26 September 2013

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RTID met up with Rovers’ midfielder Richie Wellens, who is in his second spell at the club having previously played under the management of Sean O’Driscoll.

You are in your second spell with the club, what made you want to come back?

I just wanted to play football after spending most of last season injured at Leicester. 

This seemed to be a good way to get back to fitness when I was approached pre-season. 

I’m the type of player who needs to play to get fit, so this was a good move. I had the choice of staying at Leicester and trying to get in the side, but I wanted to get out there playing. 

I joined pre-season, even though I had not got a contract, so that I could get fit again and give myself the best chance to start the season match-ready.  

I came here because I want to play and enjoy my football again. Last season was probably the first time I have not played forty plus games, which was disappointing.

You have been here in two spells with two different managers. What has changed here since the last time you was here?

Really, it’s only the players who are here who have changed, with Jame Coppinger being the only one left from my last time. 

Sean O’Driscoll is known for the type of football he plays, with it being a style that is attractive to watch. 

It was all about passion-based football, but I understand that to get out of League One last season that style was given up for a more direct style of football. 

Now, Paul (Dickov) has come in and is bringing back the same style as Sean. We’re playing good football and building a reputation as a club, which likes to keep the ball on the ground and pass. 

With a bit more luck this season, and a bit more maturity in our game, we could easily have had six or more points than we currently have. 

We could have been up near the play-off places, as we have played really well in games. We need to learn that when we are not playing well or have the ball, we must discipline ourselves to manage the game how we want it.

To read the full Interview with Richie, purchase the Burnley edition of RTID on Tuesday and find out the rest of his views. Remember every copy purchased helps the club.

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