Blues' defender is back from injury, and determined to make his mark...Having returned from injury in the behind-closed-doors friendly with Colchester United, and impressed at the heart of the defence, Adam Thompson is hoping to further stake his claim between now and August 9th.
Thompson missed three pre-season games due to a back injury picked up during a gym session, but was back involved against the U’s, lining up alongside Luke Prosser in central defence.
Blues boss Phil Brown was impressed with the defender’s performance, and he himself hopes to keep putting in good displays to make sure he’s in the starting line-up at Accrington Stanley.
He said: “It was really good to be back involved against Colchester and to get 60 minutes under my belt was great. The back felt good, there were no real issues there at all.
“It has been frustrating to miss a week, and three matches, because pre-season is all about putting your best foot forward and really showing the manager what you can do.
“But I returned from the summer in good shape and my body fat was lower than before, so I’m feeling in good condition and I was pleased to be able to get minutes against Colchester.
“The conditions made it a really good work out, and the opposition were a good standard so it was a great test for us all round I think. Hopefully I impressed the manager and can continue to do so before August 9th.
“Everyone is working hard at the moment to do whatever they can to be in the starting XI for the first game of the season, and I’m no different now my injury has cleared up.”
Thompson’s career with Blues has been hampered by injury. He impressed against Millwall in the FA Cup and earned an 18-month deal, but injury meant loanees joined the club and impressed until the end of the campaign.
The defender feels it’s up to him to make sure the manager doesn’t need to bring loanees in this time around, and he believes he can form a solid partnership with Prosser.
Thompson added: “Luke and I get on really well off the pitch. We’re in a car school together so have a good friendship, which always helps during a game.
“Unfortunately for both of us last year we got injured during the run-in and the manager had to bring in loanees who performed really well. We couldn’t really have any complaints.
“But it is up to us to make sure we’re fit, and playing well, so the manager doesn’t need to bring loan players in who might take our place in the starting line-up.
“I’m feeling fit so it’s now all about making sure I put in the performances I know I can to try and get that place in the team, and then do everything I can to keep it.”