As the Iron get set to start their pre-season campaign with a match away at Winterton Rangers on Saturday, defender Cameron Burgess is feeling happy to be back and can’t wait to get back on the pitch in a game situation.
“It’s good to be back and good to get out there. All the lads have had a good summer so everyone is upbeat and excited to get started,” he told IFollow Iron.
With the players put through their paces during training over the last week-and-a-half, it is also essential to build-up match fitness and game time.
“It’s minutes on the pitch that’s important. For all the fitness work you do on the training ground, nothing is the same as getting minutes in a game situation,” he said.
“We are all looking forward to it. Hopefully we can get some good minutes under our belt and get a good result as well.”
With a training camp trip to Austria also planned for the Iron as preparations for the 2018-19 season continue, Burgess is relishing the opportunity of preparing for the campaign in a different location alongside his teammates.
“It will be good to get away with a change of surroundings,” he added.
“We aim to keep the fitness up and continue to work together as a team to build on the training that we have already done in pre-season so far, so we can keep on going the way we are.”
After signing for United last season, the centre-back is once again aiming to establish himself as a first team regular.
“My personal goals are the same as last year, to try get more minutes for myself when I play and play every minute I can when I am available to do so,” he said.
“From a team point of view, we want to aim to be up there again fighting for promotion and hopefully we can do it this year.”
Burgess is also excited about the prospect of playing against some of the league’s newcomers this season.
He continued: “Welcoming the new teams will be interesting. The big one for me, and the one that sticks out the most, will be Sunderland. It will be good to go there, with my family coming down from Scotland to watch, so that will definitely be an interesting one.”
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