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Johnson getting up to speed

The summer signing is in the middle of his first full week of pre-season training with Rovers

10 July 2019

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Bradley Johnson says that a gruelling pre-season schedule will be worth it, as he aims to nail down a spot in the Rovers first team.

The midfield playmaker is in the middle of his first week of pre-season training at Rovers after arriving on a free transfer last week.

And the 32-year-old former Derby County, Norwich City and Leeds United star is already eager to impress his new boss, Tony Mowbray.

“It’s been tough, but we all know that, it’s pre-season and you have to get fit," he admitted.

“I’ve come in and the lads and staff are working me hard. I trained for the first two days at Derby before coming here. I kept fit in the off-season, it’s something you have to do as a modern footballer.

“It’s a demanding league with very little rest, but hopefully I can do well for the club.

“I’ll be working my socks off in pre-season to make sure I’m in the team on that first game of the season.

“I can already see the lads are so determined, young and hungry to do well."

An experienced campaigner with more than 550 games under his belt as a professional, Johnson, who won promotion out of the Championship during his Norwich days, wants more glory to come his and Rovers' way soon enough.

“I know the league inside out and there will be games where you need to grind out a 1-0 win away from home," the Londoner added.

"There will also be games where you play really well but don’t get the result you want.

“With Rovers, it’s a big club, a club that have been in the Premier League for a number of years. The training facilities are outstanding here and I want to help get the club back to where it should be."

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