I’m looking forward to the new campaign enormously. Everything feels right going into the new season with the players really enjoying getting back into training, working under Mogga and his coaching staff. There seems a really good team spirit in the camp which can only have got better with the pre season trip away to
We the fans are all behind Mogga, we know that with Tony Mowbray in charge whatever team he selects will be fully committed and give their all for the cause. Mogga has instilled confidence and restored pride and passion back in to the side on and off the pitch. We ended the last campaign playing some great attacking football, fingers crossed we can now pick up where left off.
From reading reports on the Boro site and tweets from the players it seems the pre season trip to
has gone well. It has been a good test for the players all getting valuable minutes on the pitch and returning without injuries. In the final game of the tour Connor Ripley played his first 90 minutes for the first team, making some great saves and getting man of match on Boro site. It will do his confidence the world of good. Slovenia
It is now just over two weeks until season starts with a couple of local friendlies to play away against Darlington and
Carlisle before we end the pre season games with a home game v PSV. Then at long last the new Championship season will get under way. I can’t wait…
Boro have brought in Curtis Main and Malaury Martin both on free transfers. Both are gambles in different ways. Malaury spent large spells of his
Blackpool career out injured. Having been released by non-league Darlington you could question whether Main is up to the task. Yet both players are only young and could turn out to be great signings by Mogga. Curtis is a young forward, he is well built and looks ready to be thrown in if needed. I can see him scoring goals at this level, he could be a good impact sub. Malaury is a young, skilful attacking midfielder signed after impressing Tony in a trial. He is only 22, I’m looking forward to watching him play for the Boro.
The starting eleven for Boro is strong to compete in this league. We are more than capable of been up there in the top 6 challenging for a playoff place. It’s a realistic aim; put a good run of results together in this league and anything is possible. I hope we can add one or two players to strengthen the side between now and the first home game of season, whether that comes from the loan market or permanent signings. We need this extra depth to cover injuries and suspensions as it’s a demanding league with plenty of games in a short period.
Personally I’m excited for the new season and can’t wait for kick off. I’m counting the days til our opening game v Pompey. I’ll be back in the North Stand cheering the lads on. Roll on 6 August. Tony Mowbray's first full season in charge could be the best in years!