Corry Evans admits it's great to be playing in the Championship again and believes it's been a case of one step back to take two forward over the last year for Rovers.
Evans came into his own at the back end of last season, and has been a regular in the Rovers midfield since March, more often than not playing alongside partner in crime Richie Smallwood.
And Corry believes that we're now seeing the best of him, confessing that game time over the summer for his country has also benefitted him for the start of this campaign.
"I'm feeling good and have had a good pre-season. I'm feeling fit and I'm just happy to be back playing games again," the midfielder told iFollow Rovers.
“It’s helped that I kept myself ticking over with Northern Ireland in the summer, playing a couple of games in Central America. That kept my fitness levels up and allowed me to come into pre-season ready to go.
“Every pre-season is tough. The Sports Science and Medical team have looked after us and we’re all ready to be called upon by the manager.
“Towards the end of last season I was starting to feel the rewards for playing week in, week out. The way the manager wants us to play probably suits me. I'd like to think I have repaid him with my performances, particularly at the back end of last season.
“It’s good to be back in the Championship. We managed to get back at the first attempt and I hope the momentum can help us push forward again."
Corry is now in his fifth year as a Rovers after arriving from Hull City for an undisclosed fee in 2013.
And the 28-year-old adds that it feels like a completely different club now to when he first arrived at Ewood Park in August of that year.
“We kind of hit the reset button when we were relegated and got that rapport with the fans back again. Sometimes you have to take a step back to go two steps forward and it seems that’s been the case," he revealed.
“We have changed the mentality of the club and credit to the manager for that. We have a strong team now and we will try to push as hard as we can this season."
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