ANDY BOOTH embarked on his second full week of pre-season training today proclaiming: “I can’t wait for the new season to come around.”
The 176-goal Huddersfield Town striker put pen to paper on a new one-year contract on Stan Ternent’s first day as manager in April.
And he’s aiming to repay that faith by adding to his 142-goal club tally to help fire Town to promotion from League I.
Local hero Booth, who is the third-highest scorer in his hometown club’s 100-year history behind Jimmy Glazzard (154) and George Brown (159), will be 35 in December.
But he’s happy to follow exactly the same training regime as the teenagers on the Town roster.
“I don’t want any special treatment,” said the man who netted nine times last time around, when he took his total Town appearance tally to 432 games, 383 of them starts.
“There was a time when I was at Sheffield Wednesday that I followed my own regime, but to be honest, I ended up feeling worse.
“Now I just do what the rest of the lads do and make sure I get the right kind of rest when I’m at home.
“I enjoy both the training and the banter with the boys and the routine seems to suit me fine.
“The new manager has put his own stamp on the type of things we’re doing, with three sessions with shorter breaks in between, and the lads have responded well.
“With the bumper season-ticket sales and new players on board, there’s a real buzz about the town at the moment.
“The fans I’ve spoken to seem to be genuinely excited about the season – now it’s down to us as players to do our bit.”
Booth faces extra competition for a frontline berth in the form of Keigan Parker, but is delighted to have the former Blackpool man on board.
“He’s got good pace and an eye for goal, and a successful club needs a strong squad, which is what we seem to be building,” he added.