LUDOVIC Sylvestre is preparing to make up for lost time this season.
The Frenchman looked set to play a big part in Pool’s Premier League campaign after some impressive early displays.
But he failed to cement a place in the team and spent most of his first 12 months in England watching from the bench.
Now Sylvestre, who joined in a £500,000 move from Czech outfit Mladá Boleslav last summer, wants to prove to Ian Holloway that he has what it takes to be a regular and help Pool to a successful season.
The 27-year-old said: “I hope I’m going to play more this season and try to help the team get promoted again.
“The pre-season has been good and the camp in Portugal was great. We’re all enjoying the training and working hard to get the shape right. We’re also trying to help the new players settle in.”
Sylvestre was frustrated at making only seven league appearances last season, but realises it takes time to adjust to a new environment.
He added: “I had been playing in the Czech Republic and the football was completely different. I’ve had to change my game but I’ve had a lot of help from the gaffer and all the players. Now I feel completely different and better.”
Sylvestre started in Sunday’s draw at Sheffield United and will be hoping to get the nod for the opener at Hull.