Adam Dugdale determined to compete for starting role this coming season
Adam Dugdale says he is looking forward to getting himself fully fit and focussed on getting himself back into Steve Davis’ starting XI. The Liverpool-born defender appreciates that he faces stiff competition from fellow centre-halves Harry Davis, Mark Ellis and emerging youngster George Ray for a regular starting role, but his self-belief never diminishes.
Dugdale says he has spoken to boss Steve Davis who has told him that everyone starts with a clean slate this summer.
Dugdale told Crewe Alex Player: “I am looking forward to the pre-season games and we have some good games to look forward to. It is always nice to test yourself against top players and see if you can do a good job up against them.
“Saying that they are only friendly games. They are all part of the build up for the first game of the season. You want to do well over the summer and the warm up games to give yourself a strong platform for the start of the season.
“I’m really focussed on getting myself as fit as I can and ready for a challenge for a place. I want to show the fans that I’m a good player and that I should be a regular in the team. There is competition for places and that is good.
He added: “I’ve spoken to the manager and he has told everyone that it is open. Whoever performs well in pre-season will get a chance and it is up to me to take it when the opportunity arises.”