Joe Wright preparing for his ton up with Doncaster Rovers - but he wishes it was more

Joe Wright is expected to make his 100th start for Doncaster Rovers as they kick-off the new League One campaign against MK Dons.

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 7:00 am

Not that he had particularly noticed.

It came as somewhat of a surprise for the 25-year-old to be informed he was approaching a significant milestone for the club.

Something he is aware of however is his status as Rovers’ second longest serving senior player, having joined in July 2016.

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And while pleased to be reaching his centenary of starts, he is frustrated that the landmark was not passed long ago.

“The gaffer has a saying - am I happy with it? Yes. Am I satisfied? No,” Wright told the Free Press.

“Personally I probably would have liked to have done a bit more.

“Myself, I’ve had injuries. I would have liked to have played a lot more games but injuries have prevented that.

“I’ve spent a lot of time doing a lot of injury prevention things over the summer, investing in certain things and changing things that I’d done before.

“I’m trying everything I can to stay fit. If I can carry on putting in the performances, hopefully I can help the club reach the next level.”

After two injury disrupted seasons, Wright is hoping for the opportunity to get plenty more games under his belt this term - particularly having formed a strong partnership with Tom Anderson during the second half of the last campaign.

Preparations for the new season have hardly been ideal - particularly after a five month enforced break from group training, with only six weeks of pre-season to work towards Saturday’s game.

Boss Darren Moore has admitted some of his players may not be at full fitness for a few weeks to come.

But Wright is happy with his physical condition after working hard during the break.

“I feel good,” he said.

“We’ve had the two 90 minute competitive games in the cups and I think they were good tests.

“Blackburn in particular, on that pitch, it was like playing more than 90 minutes. It was so heavy, it really put the lads through it on the legs.

“Getting through that, it shows that we’re more than ready to play 90 minutes this weekend.”


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