Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Christophe Berra is looking forward to the challenge of securing his place at the back, after the signing of former Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson.
The 26-year-old scored the winner for Wolves against League One side Walsall on
Wednesday, but Berra said that, along with his teammates Richard Stearman, 23, and Jody Craddock, 35, he will have to take his game up a notch to compete for a regular place next season.
"It's healthy to have that level of competition no matter what position you are playing in," said Berra who joined the club in 2009. "It means the rest of us have to raise our game toget in the starting eleven and I'm sure Roger will feel exactly the same.
"That's the case especially in the Premier League which is one of the biggest in the world and every club is going to be strengthening in the summer.
"Everyone needs to be on their toes to try and keep their place and make sure they improve from last season," he continued. "It doesn't matter who you are - if your standards slip you'll find yourself out of the team.
"It's been enjoyable lining up with Roger but we all know what sort of player that he is and the quality he has. We'll all be trying to do what we can to get in the team."
Wolves will face Notts County on Saturday, July 23, and Berra stressed the intensity of Wolves' pre-season preparation.
"It's been hard work but everyone's been getting it done and it's been enjoyable," he said. "We've had two matches so far and it's all about building up that match fitness and sharpness which we'll try and carry on with tomorrow.
"You don't really want to lose any games but results aren't the be-all and end-all at this stage. It all only really matters when we get to the first match of the season at Blackburn."
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