Defender Jai Rowe is looking to extend his match minutes so far this pre-season with another involvement against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank this evening.
The 19-year-old played the second 45 minutes in the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest’s Under-23s side at the weekend, along with a further 105 minutes combined in United’s previous two encounters behind-closed-doors.
Rowe would be happy to be one of those players pushing themselves to a full 90 minute match, should he be selected to. He said: “I feel like if the gaffer wants to give me 90 minutes, I’d be able to do that now.
Rowe made his senior debut in the away encounter at Swindon Town prior to the suspension of last season and is looking to pick up where he left off in terms of being in-and-around the matchday squad once the campaign kicks off in less than a fortnight with a Carabao Cup first round clash at home to Port Vale.
“I want to continue where I left off after making my debut,” he continued.
“I’m hoping to get a few games at the start of the season. I’m hoping to play a lot of minutes, but there’ll be a lot of games, so there’ll be rotation within the team.”
One thing the former Barwell Town player won’t do is take his football for granted following the five-month lay-off due to the pandemic.
“I was running round the lake every day on the concrete and it’s so different to being back on the grass, kicking a ball and doing a proper session,” he stated.
“I won’t take that for granted again.
“It’s good to finally be back. Like the lads have been saying in their interviews, it was such a long time out. Now we’re all training together and getting through each stage of the COVID protocols.
“It’s good to be doing the simple things that we’ve missed doing.”