Rogers: Can’t Wait
After a winter spent enjoying his break off the pitch, Gary Rogers is back at work well aware just what a pivotal time of the season this is.
We caught up with the goalkeeper at Oriel Park this morning and found a man in the best of form, despite the daily grind he know’s to expect in the early throes of pre-season.
“Training is going well, it’s good to be back in,” he said. “This time last year I was in a cast so it’s nice to be back out there training and I will try and get a good pre-season under my belt.”
Now the focus is on preparation. At 36, pre-seasons offer few surprises to Rogers. He says his third under Stephen Kenny so far has not felt especially different to what he experienced under the boss last season.
“Pre-season has always been tough here. I really got an eye opener the first season I came in and found the levels the boys were at because they always seemed so fit and I knew they lads were going that extra step.
“It’s no different now as everyone is in really good nick and have been working very hard in pre-season to give them that extra base to go on and really have a good season.
Finally, a word on the forthcoming campaign. Rogers’ aims are as clear. He is excited about the start of the season and is seeking more silverware to add to his already well-stocked trophy cabinet.
“I can’t wait for the season to get going because that’s what it’s all about – it’s all about playing football.
“You can do all the training you like but it’s about what you do when you get on the pitch. Once you get the first week or two of running and pre-season under you belt you can’t wait for the games to come around.
“That’s what we’re here for really at the end of the day, to go and play football, win trophies and enjoy it.”