Everton youngster Jack Rodwell is preparing hard for what he describes as a ‘massive season’ in his fledgling career which was hampered by a succession of injuries last season.
The England Under 21 international was tipped by many to make the next big step last term, only for a series of niggles to put the brakes on his impressive progress.
David Moyes still has high hopes that Rodwell’s career will take off once he gets an injury-free run – and that’s one of Jack’s targets next season.
Last term as he was restricted to 28 outings, but awaits the fast approaching campaign with a positive outlook.
A fruitful pre-season will no doubt further boost Rodwell's confidence and he is now targeting a regular spot in Moyes' side.
"It's a massive season for me," Rodwell told evertontv. "I've got to try and establish myself. I'm not a kid anymore and I want to be a regular."
Rodwell is currently in the USA with the rest of the Everton squad as he bids to regain his fitness and, with a game scheduled against Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, the England star is waiting for the call from his boss.
He added: "I've not really spoken to the fitness coaches or the manager about that so we'll just wait and see what happens."
And, despite the gruelling fitness work in the searing heat, Rodwell is just pleased to feel like part of the Toffees squad once more. "The first day back in this heat was really hard but that's what pre-season is all about," he continued.
"I got pulled out (of the main session) and had to do my own running, which was quite hard in this heat but it's necessary and I'm just happy to be back with the lads."