Junior Brown is determined to make up for lost time as Fleetwood make their final preparations for an assault on League Two.
The 24-year-old suffered a frustrating first two seasons at Highbury, dogged by serious knee injuries.
But he is determined this year will be very different.
“I am feeling good. All I am trying to do is to keep building on what I have been doing over the off-season as well as what I have been working on in the pre-season,” he said.
“Hopefully this preparation will see me injury-free this year.
“The first two seasons here were very disappointing being dogged by injuries.
“Last season I worked very hard in the off-season.
“I got some good advice and looked after myself a bit better which saw me through the season without any injuries.
“Hopefully this season I can do the same again and do my best for the team.”
Like his boss, Graham Alexander, Brown was disappointed by how Fleetwood performed in their final pre-season game against Southport.
But he believes the pre-season as a whole has been a success and will stand the team in good stead for the campaign ahead.
“I was a bit disappointed with how the game went at Southport and I think we could have given a better account of ourselves,” he said.
“However we will learn from it, keep working hard in training and hopefully get off to a good start in the first league game.
“It has been an enjoyable pre-season.
“We had the trip to Austria, which was hard work but it was necessary.
“We have taken everything that the new coaching staff have said on board and I think we are all looking a lot fitter.
“Hopefully we can take that into the season and it will consequently stand us in good stead.”