Blackpool midfielder Chris Basham is looking forward to a 'fresh start' next season as the 22-year-old makes a comeback from the leg break that ended his season with the Tangerines last term.
Basham managed only two appearances for Blackpool in the Barclays Premier League, with the former Bolton Wanderers man injuring his leg three months into the season.
While he was able to appear for the reserve side towards the end of the season, Basham, who can play in a defensive role as well as the midfield, wants to stake his claim on a regular starting spot next term.
"It's been the most excited I've been for a long time," he admitted. "This is my fourth pre-season now but it's my most exciting one because it's a fresh start for me. I'm looking forward to getting back fighting fit so that I'm match fit for the first game against Hull.
"I've done a lot over the summer and I booked a hotel with a gym when I went away so that I could really kick on.
"To kick on I need to have a good season, there's no doubt about that. That's why I'm so excited about it because I know what I can do and I need to now put my boots on and show everybody at Blackpool."
The 22-year-old is not concerned with which position he plays in, and insists that wherever Ian Holloway positions him, he will play.
"I think I'm obviously going to be going for my main position which is midfield, but wherever the gaffer calls on me I'll play there," he said.
"It's the first ever time I've looked at Championship fixtures and when I seen Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday it was a bit wild for me but I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully my body can withstand that sort of pressure.
"I'm just looking forward to seeing what it is and what it's going to be like. Hopefully we can prove how good we are.”
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