Defender Jacob Bedeau is looking forward to the first competitive match in the season, as the Iron host Port Vale in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Saturday.
The 20-year-old got a foothold in the team last year prior the suspension, making a total of 15 appearances across 2019-20 and is eager to make the starting spot his own in the forthcoming campaign.
Speaking to iFollow Iron, the former Aston Villa player spoke about working hard to be in the manager’s plans come Saturday.
“There are a lot of players here and a lot of young players, hungry to create their careers and build their careers up,” he said.
“There’ll be a lot of competition for places and I think that bodes well for the season - the lads are going to have to get their heads down and get going. I played a few last season, but this year I really want to kick on and play as many games as possible and really cement my place in the team.”
The season commences against a fellow League Two side, but a cup competition is this campaign’s curtain raiser - an abnormal beginning.
“It’s a bit of a strange one, but it’s our job to get things going,” he continued.
“We want to perform well, do what we can do and hopefully give the fans, watching at home, a good performance after such a long time.
“We played them twice last season and they’re a good team. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re more than good enough to go and beat them. It’s been a long time since the last game (competitively). We’ve come in for pre-season and the boys have been itching to get going again."
With pre-season at its end, Bedeau is looking forward to the relentless nature of the fixture schedule, which begins with three games in eight days.
“It’s been tough. We’ve been working hard with a lot of games and a lot of running,” he stated.
“The boys are feeling good and feeling fit, so hopefully we can take that into the season. We started with small groups, following the guidelines, so it’s been a strange one, but I think we’ve got a lot out of it.
“(Last week) I think we defended well at Watford. They are a good side with a lot of quality players and I think we more than held our own against them. Hopefully we can take some of that into the season, along with scoring goals.”
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