Adam Goes For It

Adam Nowland is going all-out for a settled place in the starting line-up this term.

"I am looking for a regular spot, as I was last season when I arrived, but there are many good midfield players here - and it will be a battle as well so I will have to wait for my opportunity.

"Hopefully I will get that, and take it when it comes.

"I came at an important time of last season and we had a good run, but obviously there weren't many opportunities for me at the end and the manager was looking for experience.

"I feel comfortable now; it was all about earning the respect of the players and the coaching staff - and I feel I have done that.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of playing week in, week out; I don't want to be in and out, as no player does.

"Once you are in there you need a good five or six games under your belt before you feel established and confident enough to play your own game, I feel.

"But if I have to bide my time, so be it - I will take it when it comes."

Adam feels preseason was particularly beneficial and adds:

"It was good to have a change in environment in Sweden but now we are looking to the season proper.

"The lads are experienced enough to look after themselves in the summer and even the young lads have been used to it now for a few years.

"You need a break mentally and physically before you get your head down again, but the boys have been quite relaxed and are ready to work.

"You tick over in the summer, you can tell everyone has looked after themselves, and we are all raring to go, to be honest."

He has put the disappointment of the playoffs behind him and adds:

"It was a frustrating day; you felt helpless on the sidelines and the lads didn't do themselves justice.

"We weren't at the races, but it is one of those things and we have put it behind us - there is no looking back.

"Let's not mess about with the playoffs but go automatic."