Jobi's Ready

Jobi McAnuff feels ready to stake a claim for a more permanent place in the side this season, but knows he faces tough competition.

That increased, of course, with the signing of Luke Chadwick this week, but Jobi - don't call him Joel - says:

"I feel I have had a good pre-season and I am trying to build on the performances from last year to hopefully establish myself in the team this season.

"You can only do your best and I feel I have done as well as I can to get into the team.  I have to show the same commitment again the rest of this week in training and hopefully get the nod to go and do my bit for the side on Saturday."

Jobi hopes to forge an understanding with new boys Sergei Rebrov, who can also play on the right, and Teddy Sheringham, and he adds:

"They are both top players who make your job easier because of the qualities they have.  I am looking forward to playing with them.

"It is just a matter of getting to know each other, but from my point of view I have had my time to bed in and settle down at the Club."

He says memories of Cardiff will provide motivation enough to finish in the top two this time, adding:

"That defeat will spur us on this season. We certainly don't want to mess about with the Play-Offs this time, we are looking to go up straight away, but it will be a tough league."

Jobi, who scored in the 4-4 draw with Anderlecht last Saturday, admits there was good and bad lessons to come out of that game.

"There were a lot of goals and although we weren't overly happy with the defensive side of our play it was good offensively.

"There was a lot to take out of it, but also some negative points that we needed to sort out."

He is confident that is being done, and adds:

"Anderlecht are a very, very good team and didn't look like they had 10 men out there after their goalkeeper had been sent off just before half-time.

"They knew when to use the ball and when to keep it and when to break. Even if people didn't know  too much about them before the game, anyone watching them on Saturday would have seen they are a quality side who do well on the ball."

Now Jobi can't wait for the action to begin in earnest, and he adds:

"The whole of pre-season is hard and the training is heavy, but it all focuses on the game at Leicester on Saturday and we have that target to aim for now."