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"I'm raring to go"

Mark Connolly insists he can't wait for the new season after a busy summer

22 June 2017

Central defender looks ahead to pre-season, reflects on yesterday's fixture release and talks about the upcoming season.

Mark Connolly is ready to go for the new 2017-18 season after the summer break nears it's end.

The defender enjoyed a busy period off during the off-season but insists he's ready to hit the ground running when the side return back to training next week.

"I've had a good summer and a nice break, me and my partner got married and came back to Crawley last week," he told iFollow.

"I've begun doing some of my own personal fitness bits and pieces ahead of testing on Tuesday, because I really want to do well for myself and the team this season.

"Last year we talked about a lot of stuff we wanted to do and then didn't hit the heights we wanted, so I feel like we can really push on and do just that with the majority of the squad still here from last season."

Yesterday the 2017-18 schedule was confirmed, and the Irishman is happy that the side start off their new campaign at home to Port Vale on the opening day.

"It's always nice to start the season in front of your own fans," he continued.

"We always seem to begin at home, every year since I've been here, it was great last year and hopefully we can replicate that this time around."

The side will be returning to training under the new management duo of Harry Kewell and Warren Feeney next week - and Mark is excited at the prospect of working with the pair.

"Harry has played at the highest level and worked under some of the best managers so that will be invaluable to learn from.

"Then Warren is someone I know through mutual contacts in the game - I spoke to Sammy Clingan and Josh Magennis when it was announced and they both spoke highly of him through their time at Northern Ireland - it's an exciting time for the club and I can't wait to get going now."

Fans can watch the defender's full interview for free on iFollow both above and here - the new service will contain both a mixture of free and premium content throughout the year to subscribers having replaced the old Player HD service.


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