Joe Lolley is feeling as fit as he ever has and is confident he can make an impact with Huddersfield Town in the Championship.
The 21-year-old missed a swathe of last season suffering shin splints, but he scored in the 4-1 victory at Watford which rounded off last season and he hasn’t looked back since.
The £300,000 signing from Kidderminster Harriers has done a lot of work on his own at PPG Canalside through the summer and, after scoring on the training-camp tour to Portugal, he played in an attacking central midfield role against Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.
“Everything has been going well so far and I’m happy not to have picked up any injuries, so I’m feeling probably as fit as I ever have,” said Lolley.
“It’s always a worry when you’ve had an injury, because you are nervous that you might suffer a recurrence of it, but I’ve been able to do all the pre-season work alongside the rest of the lads so far and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.”
Lolley has made a rapid rise in the last 12 months and is in no mood to play a bit part at the John Smith’s.
“Scoring against Watford was a good way to finish last season and it makes you believe in yourself, that you are able to do it again this time,” added the former Birmingham City academy player, who went into non-League at Littleton.
“And hopefully I can get myself into the team for that first game of the season against Bournemouth.”
Lolley has attack in mind for this campaign, and manager Mark Robins has already experimented with him playing centrally, in the ‘hole’ behind the strikers.
“We all have our positions where we prefer to play, but I’m happy to go in anywhere the manager wants and I’ll do the job to the best of my ability,” he added.
“My ideal is anywhere in a forward position.
“I do like to play centrally, but I am also fine with playing wide right, so those would be my favourites – but if the manager wants me to play somewhere else then I will give it my all.
“It’s been hard work, but hopefully it will be good for the start of the season and, from my own point of view, it would be great to stay among the goals.”
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