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Bowyer Pinpoints New Role For Potts

9 July 2016

Manager Looks To Get Best Out of Midfielder

Gary Bowyer says Brad Potts will be given more license to get forward this season, as he looks to get the best out of the midfielder.

The manager has earmarked a new role in the side for the 22-year-old, who hit six goals last season following a move from Carlisle United.

Keen to see him affect the game more in attacking areas, Bowyer has already discussed his plans in a meeting with the player.

"I've known Pottsy for a long time and he has a good habit of getting some goals. I want to try and get him in a more advanced position for him to get some goals for us," he admitted.

"Pottsy's got almost 150 league games under his belt, which is phenomenal for someone of his age. We can expect too much from young players sometimes, but we're going to work very hard with him and make him better.

"Having had chats with the players and spoken to all of them, we've got to try and get the best out of them and play them where we think we can do that."

An aforementioned positional switch for Potts means that a certain type of midfielder is still required ahead of the season getting underway, with the manager determined to strengthen the middle of the park.

"We've got Jim McAlister and John Herron in there and I know Pottsy can play in there but we could probably do with an experienced professional in there that knows the game. They're very difficult to come by so we have to keep chipping away. If not, we'd possibly look at a younger one that's had a bit of league experience. We'll keep working very hard, that's for sure."

Bowyer is currently in Scotland with his squad stepping up preparations for the new campaign and has been impressed with the players at close quarters.   

"They've surprised me in terms of the quality that some of them are possessing, and their attitude and effort cannot be faulted. It's been pleasing the way they've responded to the football.

"We can't look back on last season, we've got to move forward now and really concentrate on what we're capable of performing."

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