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Ainley: "Competition For Places Is Strong And That Is What We Need"

5 July 2021

Callum Ainley is aiming to produce the most consistent season of his career after his last one was greatly affected by a hamstring injury. The talented youngster, 23, penned a new two-year-deal with the club last week and he is aiming to make up for lost time after he made 28 appearances during the last campaign.

He gallantly fought back from injury to be involved in the final seven games and he ended the season on a high by hitting the winner at Bristol Rovers in our last away game.

Now the Academy graduate is aiming to establish himself as a first team regular but appreciates that competition for places is as tough as ever.

Ainley told the club’s official website: “I am at the stage of my career where I want to kick off and really establish myself as a regular. I am hoping that I can remain as injury free as possible and that this year will be my year.

“The competition for places is always good and it looks like being the same this year. There have been some top players that have left and it is always hard to replace that calibre of player but the ones we have brought in so far look good, so that’s a good start.

“You need strong competition. You need it at every club because it drives you on and you need a strong squad because there are always injuries or players needing a rest at some point in the season.

He added: “When the competition is good, it makes you stay competitive all season.”

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