Danny Andrew is ready to show Rovers fans his true ability this season after spending the summer in the gym preparing for pre-season.
The left-back spent most of the season on the sidelines after a serious knee injury that he suffered away at AFC Wimbledon in August, and has spent his close season ensuring he is in top shape for the new season.
“We’ve had a bit of time away so it’s an important first couple of days back running again, and then getting in to doing a lot of ball work early on, but all the lads are in good spirit after returning to training,” he said.
“I’ve done a lot of strength work on my knee. I went on holiday for a little bit, but even when you’re abroad you’re still working, still going in the gym, I had to keep myself ticking over and I didn’t really give myself much rest.
“I went through the full pre-season last year and came out of it feeling fine, but then I got the injury at the end of August, but hopefully I can come out of it well this year and then start the season strongly and maintain that throughout and play a lot more.”
Andrew reported back for pre-season training on Monday, and is aiming for a return to competitive action on August 4 when Rovers line-up at Roots Hall to face Southend United.
“I guess that my summer was probably a little bit different to the other lads, they’ll all have played a lot of games last season whereas I played the first few and then got injured and was done for the year, so a lot of my summer was based in the gym,” he added.
“I came in last season off the back of 50-plus games, so I know that I’ve got it in the tank to be able to complete a full season with no problems.
“My knee feels good too which is the main thing, and that means that there’s no reason now why I can’t stay fit for the whole season. I feel fine and fully fit, and I’m raring to go once again.”
Rovers kick-off their Sky Bet League One campaign at Southend United on Saturday August 4, before their first home outing against Wycombe Wanderers the following Saturday.
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