Defender Believes Hard Work Will Pay OffBob Harris made his fourth appearance in a week at Bury on Tuesday night as he and the rest of the players look to get their match fitness up to the highest standard possible ahead of the new season.
The defender had to have a short spell on the sidelines a couple of weeks ago due to a thigh strain, but has made a full recovery now.
The 25-year-old is the only recognised left-back currently at the club, but that won't mean any complacency on Harris' part as he aims to prove he can fill the void following Stephen Crainey's departure.
"It's been good to get the minutes under the belt. I've played four games in the last week now, so it's been good to get the fitness levels up and hopefully I can put my claim in for the start of the season.
"I think we need another left-back, and the gaffer will probably say that as well, as we need players in every position to have to fight for their places. I think for myself it will be good if we get someone in because it will offer a bit of competition.
"Obviously I haven't played much the the last couple of seasons but Stephen (Crainey) is away now so I will be looking to play more this season, but if the gaffer brings someone in then that's fine.
"I'll be looking to put the best performance in I can to get that spot."
In a bid to maintain fitness throughout the season the players have incorporated some Yoga into their training and the defender believes it will be highly beneficial when the games start to come thick and fast.
"The staff have done well since we've been back in getting the fitness back into the legs. Obviously the games are the most important things and I think Sunday will be a real good test for us.
"It's been good (Yoga). I've never done it before to be honest, but it's good to learn new stretches that will hopefully help me throughout the season.
"It's been proven that it works with players in the Premier League with the likes of Ryan Giggs etc. so I don't see why it shouldn't help us."