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Dom's commitment to the cause

"Football is your life, you dedicate your life to it and in the off-season you should still work hard," says the striker

29 June 2018

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The post-season period represents a chance for players to rest up and recharge ahead of the new campaign but, for Rovers striker Dominic Samuel, this summer has been all about hard work.

The 24-year-old has been putting in hours of graft in the gym and at the club's Senior Training Centre in preparation for life back in the second tier, and is currently part of Rovers' training camp in Austria.

Asked about the work he's been doing in recent weeks, Samuel said: "Football is your life, you dedicate your life to it and in the off-season you should still work hard and dedicate your life to it. That’s what I was doing.

“In the early stages of pre-season you won’t be doing weights, so I was trying to keep the balance, because I knew in the early stages there wouldn’t be many weights but plenty of running.

“It’s putting everything together and trying to make you a complete player by having the pace, the strength and the skill as well.

“I feel like once you get that in your system then it will help you grow into games.

"Personally, in the off-season I have been concentrating on getting my strength up.

“I’ve got my own fitness coach and am working more on my upper body and making sure I keep my pace up but my upper body strong.

“I’ve been doing that three days a week and I will continue to do it throughout the season.

“That was my aim throughout the off season, to get my strength up but to also keep my pace.”

Dom admits his new programme is something he's been considering for a while, and hopes it will add a new dimension to his game.

"I’ve been thinking about it for a while, even towards the end of last season," he added.

"If I can get my strength up a bit more then during the games, I wouldn’t say find it easier, but I would be more capable to hold off the defenders.

“I think it will add more to my game.” 

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