Forster-Caskey on the importance of pre-season and expectations for next season in the Championship

Jake Forster-Caskey spoke the press after Saturday's pre-season win against Welling United.

The full interview is available on Valley Pass. Valley Pass costs just £6.50 per month or £60 for the year and you can sign-up here.

Below are some of the talking points from the interview.

On the importance of pre-season…

“For all the boys, it’s a great fitness test; we’ve been working hard, so it’s nice to get out and play some minutes. You can train all you want but game time is vital.

"I wasn’t really ready last year to come back, but this year I’m fighting fit and games are vital for me. I’ve been training over the summer and now I’m feeling fit, but I haven’t played enough games. This pre-season is going to be massive for everybody. It’s a big challenge but we have got some hungry players at this club and a lot to prove.”

Atmosphere in the changing room…

“We still have the banter but there’s just a few less players to do it with. All of us players, we can only control what we can control, and we have trust in the manager and staff to bring in some players to help us along the way and I’m sure they’re working hard to do that.

“I think it’s quite an easy squad to come into, the boys seem great and it’s always nice to have new faces as it freshens up the changing room. Like I said, I think we need a few more, but we have still got time and I think they have fit in really well and you could tell today that they were looking sharp."

Next season in the Championship…

“I think all the players at Charlton, we’re all good players, but we all have something to prove at the same time in this division. It’s not like they (the new players) are coming into a changing room where we haven’t got anything to prove either. All of us players have got something to prove next year and we’re all going to need each other to do well.

"It’s sunk in for me, everybody knows the challenge we have got ahead. Last year was brilliant, but last year has gone as well. We have got to take confidence from last year, but at the same time, everybody starts from zero and we have got to build points quickly.”

Article by: Josh Eden

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