Striker Back Fit And Looking Forward
Striker Steven Davies has set his sights on a prolific season for Blackpool, after recovering from a groin injury which cut his last campaign short.
The Liverpudlian finally gave in to a recurring problem in March, but is now back running and can't wait for the new season to kick-off at Nottingham Forest.
“I’m going into this season with a clean slate because we decided I’d have the operation straight away. With the new manager coming in it’s worked out better for me because I’m fully fit and raring to go,” Davies told the official site
“Thankfully we survived and I’m really up for next season. The aim was to get the operation done at the end of the season, but it would have held me back then and I would have missed the start of this pre-season.”
The former-Bristol City man missed the final 11 games of the season following his operation, having made 29 appearances from Pool. However an injury in August hindered Davies, who was left frustrated having scored just three goals.
“I did it in the fourth game when we played Middlesbrough just before half-time, but it was probably my own fault, I wanted to impress and kept going with it for as long as possible.
“We eventually made the decision that it wouldn’t benefit to keep playing me when I wasn’t fully fit, I was only making the injury worse as the season went on and I couldn’t do anything.
“It was probably the worst season I’ve ever had in professional football, there were some tough times at Derby with all the injuries, but I don’t think I was ever as down as last season. I knew I couldn’t play how I’ve always played, which was hard to take.”
Having scored regularly for Derby County and Bristol City in the past, Davies is now targeting double figures next season for José Riga’s side.
“Every club I’ve been at I’ve always managed to score goals, but the three I did score didn’t make much difference last season. I’ve always been a striker who gets into double figures.
“Whenever I’ve played against Blackpool I’ve done OK and scored goals, but I wasn’t the player I was at Blackpool last year. I need to make sure I’m right and the injury has gone, so I can be the striker I’ve always been in the Championship - one who scores goals,” he said.