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Leonard aiming for regular spot

31 May 2013

Ryan Leonard has set his sights on cementing a regular place in the first-team for the 2013/14 season.

Ryan made 28 appearances last season, eight as a substitute, and scored three goals, including the winner against Leyton Orient in the first-leg of the JPT Area Final.

Having turned 21 last week, Ryan says he is ready to come of age as a first team regular under Phil Brown this season.

He said: “I’m over all my injury worries, I had a few during last season that cost me a few more appearances, but I was pleased to be involved as much as I was.

“I turned 21 last week and I’ve got another good season under my belt so I’m confident I can really push for a regular spot in the first-team next season.

“Obviously I joined initially as a right-back but was played in central midfield by the new manager towards the end of the season and I enjoyed playing there.

“He’s seen me play at right-back in a couple of friendlies and in training games so he knows I’m happy to play there if needed.

“If I stay in central midfield I’d like to get a few more goals. I got three this season put I’d like to be pushing for eight to ten as well as chipping in with some more assists.

“The manager has had some time to get his ideas across and the lads have taken to it well, unfortunately we didn’t quite get the results towards the end of the season.

“But pre-season is a chance for the gaffer to really get his ideas and views across to the whole team, and the new players who come in.”

Some players dread the early weeks of pre-season, but Ryan isn’t too bothered and sees it as a key part of the campaign.

“I think pre-season is so important now because of the pace of the game,” he added.

“I don’t really mind it, I’m not one of the best runners in the team but I can certainly hold my own.

“It’s one of them things you have to do, because if you don’t it will impact on your season, you’ll be using first-team matches to get up to speed and it’s not ideal.

“The way I look at it is that after every hard session you’re close to the start of the season, and we’re all looking forward to that getting underway.” 

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