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Gallimore: I've got to work hard and keep improving day-by-day

21 July 2022

Midfielder Dan Gallimore was disappointed with the result of the Iron's latest friendly against Rochdale, but was glad to get another 90 minutes of crucial game time.

Speaking to Iron Player about the preparation put in so far, four weeks into pre-season, Gallimore said: “Everyone in the team has put in a big shift. Again we've got 90 minutes under the belt like on Saturday. It's all in the legs now and it’ll help us on to Yeovil (on the first day of the season).

“We still want to win; we still want to compete to the best we can, which I think we lacked a bit on Tuesday, which is not good from our point of view, but it’s minutes in the legs which is part of pre-season."

Talking about how the heat affected the game, Gallimore stated: “It was hard, but we knew that so we obviously prepared throughout the day and the day before. However, it’s a challenge both teams have to put up with so at the end of the day we’ve got to deal with the circumstances, because nothing is always perfect so we’ve got to get on with it.

“It’s like playing abroad, it happens, it’s summer, football takes part in summer so you’ve just got to get on with it."

Relating back to pre-season as a whole, Gallimore shared his excitement towards the training, saying: “I’m loving it, everyday it’s been hard work but training has been of a high quality, so I think it will set us in good stead for the season coming up.

“I still need to get a lot fitter, but I know I will do, keep eating right, keep training hard and it will come."

When asked about playing right-back during pre-season and becoming a regular starter in the side under Keith Hill in the coming season, Gallimore replied: “I’m still young and I’m at the age now where I need to start cementing my place in the team, so it’ll be good to kick on this season hopefully.

“I’ve loved it. As long as I'm playing, I'm happy, I enjoy a new challenge. Obviously I've still got to improve a lot on my game but I feel like I'm slowly getting used to the demands of right-back and hopefully I can improve day-by-day."

Talking about Iron assistant manager Tony McMahon’s influence on his defending abilities and trying to cement his place in the line-up, Gallimore said: “He’s always talking to me, helping me and giving me the options I should have, telling me all the passes I can play at right back because obviously it’s different to midfield. He’s been a big help.

“I’ve got to work hard, keep improving day by day and listening to the gaffer and Macca."

See much more from Dan Gallimore and Tony McMahon on Iron Player.


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