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We're ready to go - boss

Tony Mowbray believes his squad are in good shape following six summer friendlies

30 July 2018

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Manager Tony Mowbray believes his squad are in good shape after Rovers' pre-season programme came to an end at the weekend.

After an intensive week-long training camp in Austria, the Rovers players built up their match fitness levels in games against Hibs, Port Vale, Liverpool, Lincoln, Everton and Accrington Stanley.

Virtually every member of Mowbray's senior squad got 90 minutes under their belt at some stage during the summer schedule and the Rovers boss believes they can now head to Ipswich on Saturday in fine fettle.

"I think the team are ready now," said the manager.

"I think the players understand the demands.

"I think physically you're still improving up to a month after the season starts anyway, but I'm sure we can get the majority of them through 90 minutes next Saturday.

"There was a benefit (at Accrington Stanley), for the lads who needed the game time."

Mowbray is confident his charges can hit the ground running when Rovers return to the second tier on Saturday, but knows he still needs to strengthen the squad in order to mount a competitive Championship campaign.

"Everybody wants to make a good start," he added. "We wanted to make a good start last season and yet we lost our first two games.

"Let's see. I feel as though we've got some choices to make in terms of who's going to start next week and we're going to try and add more players this week if we can, to keep building this group.

"I think the team on Thursday night (against Everton) showed that we can be really competitive and whoever we play in the Championship we'll give them a good game I'm sure.

"What we need to do is strengthen the squad, so that when the injuries and suspensions come along, we've got high quality players to replace high quality players."

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