Coventry midfielder Gary Deegan is hoping to make a big impact in the midlands this season after an injury hit 2010/2011 that restricted him to just one appearance.
After arriving at the club in January 2010 Deegan made an instant impression making 17 appearances over the second half of the campaign before his injury jinx started with an ankle ligament tear that required surgery.
A further fracture to his ankle in pre-season training meant another spell on the sidelines and the player’s frustration increased further with another setback in November all of which meant it was the final day of the season before be tasted first team action.
However the player is now fit and with Aron Gunnarsson haven’t left the club, the 23 year old Deegan will feel like a new signing for Andy Thorne
The former Bohemians player while keen not to draw comparison with the Icelandic international is itching to get back playing regularly again.
Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, Deegan said: “I’m not the new Aron I am going to be the new me. I don’t want to be anyone else, I just want to be myself and establish myself in the team. And I want to be in the team from day one, definitely.
“When we are playing Leicester at home (on the opening day) and the gaffer is drawing up the team sheet I want to be on it. That’s a must for me and pre-season is the build-up to that and who is going to be in the team, and I want to be the first name on that team sheet.”
He added: “I am feeling good, feeling fresh and my fitness is going really well for me and I think I can have an unbelievable season this year. I think even if Aron was still here I’d still want to take his shirt and I think I would be in there.”
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