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I'll be back fit and firing, says Chapman

"Coming back here gave me a real lift and a fresh start"

21 May 2019

Harry Chapman has promised to hit the ground running when the beginning of pre-season comes back around at the end of next month.

The flying winger has had an injury-hit last 18 months or so, but played in the final couple of games in the 2018-19 campaign away at Norwich City and at home to Swansea City.

Rovers' season came to an end after the draw against the Swans at Ewood Park, which turned out to be a bit of a shame for the 21-year-old, who was getting into his stride after returning to East Lancashire from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window.

“As I’m getting going we’ve got another break," he said with a tinge of disappointment.
 
"I’ll work hard in the summer and be ready to go for pre-season. I feel good, the best I’ve felt in a long time to be honest.
 
“The hamstring feels great and that’s credit to the fitness staff and the gaffer showing patience in me.
 
“There was a part of me that wondered if I did enough and whether I came back too soon [the second hamstring injury].
 
“To have it go a second time was heartbreaking for me as I had put in so much hard work to get fit.
 
“I cleared my head and worked hard in the summer. I totalled about a week off in the summer of 2018.
 
"The first six months of the season was how it was. I didn’t play much at Middlesbrough, but coming back here gave me a real lift and a fresh start.
 
“I’m going to give it my all here."
 
And whilst there's a break for players in the off-season, Chapman insists his hard work will continue, which he admits doesn't bother him too much.
 
“I’ve never really been off in a summer," he confessed.
 
"I've either had little injuries or I've been away playing for England. I’ll make sure I’m ready to go when pre-season comes around again.
 
“I’ll chat with the physios and get a plan drawn up for the summer, to ensure I take a shirt when we return to training."

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