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Chapman: I'm stronger than ever

The returning Rovers is eager to banish the memories of 2018 by making 2019 his year

31 January 2019

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Rovers new boy Harry Chapman insists he was glad to see the back of 2018 and is looking forward to happier times in the year ahead.

 The explosive winger sustained a serious hamstring injury in October 2017, which required surgery and saw him sidelined for five months.

The 21-year-old then lasted just 10 minutes on his return to action, for Rovers Under-23s at Aston Villa in March 2018, and wouldn't feature for Rovers again last season. 

Having found first team opportunities hard to come by at Middlesbrough during the first half of this season - making just four appearances in the cup competitions - the England Under-20 international is looking forward to a fresh start.  

The talented youngster insists he is feeling fit and strong, and hopes his injury problems are firmly in the past.

"It was very frustrating," said Chapman, when reflecting on his spell on the sidelines.

"To get the injury itself was frustrating and then to come back, thinking I was fine, and for it to reoccur, it nearly broke me, but 2018 is finished with now and we're onto 2019.

"It might take me a few weeks to get up to speed, because of lack of game time, lack of training sessions, lack of whatever, but I'm here and I'm willing to put the hard work in and I can't wait to get going.

"It's definitely made me stronger as a person, both mentally and physically.

"It's been a long road, but I've been back for a few months now. I feel fine, I feel fit, I just need games under my belt now to get back into my groove.

"I just need to be made more robust. In my career, I've never played week-in week-out and that's why my injuries have occurred.

"My body wasn't physically prepared for it, but now I am. I've matured, I've grown, I'm passed that stage and I'm willing to give it a go."

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