Rio Adebisi really pushed his way into David Artell plans in the second half of last season and his form saw him claim the club’s Breakthrough Player of the Year Award. Adebisi, 20, made 16 appearances in all competitions last season, mostly on the other side on the right.
Now with Harry Pickering also moving on to the Championship this summer, the door has re-opened for Adebisi to stake his claim for his preferred left-back birth but the Croydon-born full-back admits he is not bothered which side he has asked to play as long as he gets more games under his belt.
Adebisi told the club’s official website: “I am just grateful with the way last season went for me and the experiences I had.
“I was injured for the early part of the season but came back and managed to get into the team from February onwards really and played a number of games. It was great to play in League One.
“I just wished the season had gone on a bit longer and I could have got more games under my belt but all is does is spur me on for the next season.
“I know I have to be ready and I won’t be switching off in the off season. I have been injured in pre-season for the last couple of years, so I have to manage my body and if I feel a niggle, go in and get that sorted instead of trying to push myself through and making it worse.
“There is a chance that I could be in for a contention to start with (Harry) Pickering moving on, so there is a chance to start at left-back and that is what I am focussed on.
“It is my aim to have a good pre-season, to get into the team and stay there.”