After missing out on the final few months of last season, defender Luke Prosser can’t wait to get started against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.Prosser was in great form until injury curtailed his season, with loan defenders John Egan and Jakub Sokolik coming in and impressing.
Having got back to full fitness and got a good pre-season under his belt, Prosser is raring to go ahead of the start of the new campaign.
He said: “Obviously it was disappointing for me last season because I was really enjoying my football before I picked up the injury.
“I couldn’t complain about not getting back into the side because John and Jakub came in and did really well for us.
“But I’ve been pleased with how things have gone in pre-season and I’m feeling in great shape ahead of the new season.
“I’ve been pleased with my performances in the pre-season games so hopefully I’m in the side for the first game at Accrington Stanley.
“Then it is up to me to make sure I keep hold of the shirt and stay fit.”
With competition for places increasing following the arrival of Mads Ibenfeldt and Cian Bolger, Prosser is ready for the test.
He said: “Mads has done really well in pre-season since coming in on trial. We’ve all been impressed with his performances.
“I didn’t see Cian play in the game at York last season as I was out injured, but in the couple of days I’ve seen him so far, he looks a good player.
“Competition for places is very important. We were short in this area but now there’s four of us competing for a place in the first XI.”
Prosser has got two goals to his name against Stanley in recent times, securing a point for Blues at the Crown Ground last season.
The defender knows what sort of test Blues can expect, but is confident they can get their season off to a winning start.
“You know that there aren’t any easy games in this division, it seems to get tougher every year,” he added. “We know what Accrington all about.
“We didn’t play that well there last year, but we’ll be wanting to make a positive start, just like we did last season, and I’m sure we can do that. Another goal would be nice too!”