Irish starlet John O’Sullivan hopes his successful loan spell at Accrington Stanley last season has helped him work his way into Gary Bowyer’s plans for the forthcoming campaign.
Rovers kick off their pre-season preparations tomorrow against Stanley (kick-off 3pm) and O’Sullivan admits he owes a lot to his time with John Coleman’s side.
“I loved every minute of my time there,” said the 21-year-old midfielder, who scored four goals in 13 appearances at the Crown Ground. “They have a great group of lads and brilliant set of fans.
“It was a great experience for me because it was a chance to play consistently in the league for the first time.
“I went on loan to the Conference last year, but that was my first taste of proper league football. I am very grateful to the manager John Coleman and all the staff there for helping me develop into the player I am now.
“It turned me from a boy into a man. You go out there and you realise the importance of winning because the fans are paying good money to come and watch.
“I can’t wait to get going this season now. The gaffer told me that I was going to be involved at the end of last season to get me ready for this season and those appearances have made me hungrier than ever to play more games this year.
“Pre-season has been brilliant so far. The lads have come back flying. We only have quite a small squad, but the desire is there to have a successful campaign.”
Fans can see the match against Accrington by paying cash at the turnstiles at the Store First Stadium. Prices are £15 Adults, £10 Over 65s & Students with a valid ID, £5 for Under 17s.