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‘Senior’ star Craig wants fine form to continue

3 July 2015

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Craig Conway is hoping to pick up where he left off when the new Championship campaign gets underway on August 8th.

The Scottish star was one of Rovers’ standout performers during the second half of the 2014-15 season, weighing in with countless assists and key goals in the victories over Swansea, Rotherham, Charlton and Ipswich.

After an eight-week break, the players reported back to Brockhall for pre-season training on Tuesday and Conway admits he is feeling fit and ready to hit the ground running.

“When you’re off in the summer, after a few weeks you want to get back into it and that’s how I feel now,” he said.

“I’m raring to go and I’m sure the lads are as well. Hopefully we can have a real go this season, but first and foremost, it’s about getting fit in pre-season and then take it from there.

“I’ve not done a lot (over the summer), I’ve just been keeping fit and ticking over. The important thing is you don’t want to do too much and then feel jaded going into pre-season. So I feel like I’ve done enough. I feel fit and I feel good.

“I’d probably say from the turn of the year, I felt really strong and I kicked on. So I want to start the season that way and really get off on the front foot.

“If I can get a good pre-season behind me, then I’ll take it from there. I’ve been feeling really good now for the last six months, at least, so I just want to continue that.”

Following the summer departures of David Dunn and Paul Robinson, Conway will head into the new campaign as one of the more senior figures in the Rovers squad.

The former Cardiff man, who has played almost 400 career games, celebrated his 30th birthday on the final day of last season and he hopes his experience will be beneficial to some of the younger members of Gary Bowyer’s squad, who are still getting to grips with life in the Championship.

“I’ve been brought into that bracket now!” he joked.

“But even last season, I was probably one of the more experienced lads, when Robbo wasn’t involved and Dunny had a couple of injuries. I don’t mind that, because I have been around a bit and I’ve got a bit of experience, so if I can pass anything down to the younger lads then it’s a bonus.

“The Championship, I would say, is different from any other league. It’s just constant – Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday.

“The younger players that have been involved the last couple of years will definitely have got something from it and hopefully we’ll be fitter and stronger this year.

“The lads last pre-season came back really fit, so I’d imagine it will be the same this season and they’ll have a year more experience and hopefully that will do us good.”

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