Blackburn Rovers: Bradley Dack prepares for vital summer

Bradley Dack is preparing for his first pre-season in three years and knows the importance of this summer.

Dack’s last two summers have been spent recovering from cruciate ligament injuries in his knee, but fitness will remain a focus for the Rovers talisman in a bid to get in the best shape possible.

Dack has been off the bench in nine of Rovers’ last 10 games after recovering from a year-long injury, but never for more than 45 minutes with Tony Mowbray not keen on overloading the 28-year-old.

Mowbray stressed to Dack ahead of his departure the importance of the coming season in his bid to return to his previous levels, with the former Rovers boss believing the striker was among the best in the division when his first injury struck. hit in December 2019. .

After 16 games in his late 2020 return, Dack suffered a second ACL injury.

And looking ahead to a first pre-season since 2019, he said: “I want to come back in the best shape possible to start next season on a high.

“Having a solid six-week pre-season will be great for me, it will help me a lot.

“I was going to get married this summer, but it was pushed back to the summer of 2023. I just felt like it was not the right time and I had to focus on getting fully prepared for the new season. ”

Dack always stressed during his last comeback that it wouldn’t be until next season that he would be back to his best, given his lack of football.

He scored his 50th Rovers goal coming off the bench in the draw at Coventry City in April, and hopes to build on that in 2022/23.

He added: “It’s been a tough two years, but it was nice to be back in and around the team.

“I don’t think I will be properly upgraded before the start of next season, everyone knows that, but pre-season will be crucial to get my body in shape.

“There were a few minor issues with the knee and the back problem I had towards the end of last season, but being back has been an amazing feeling. Hopefully next year will be my year. .”

Mowbray said before he left he had spoken with Dack about how he could help guide Rovers’ young players next season, and mentioned him again after the final day win at Birmingham City.

“Bradley Dack has the potential to be the best player in this league. I just said in front of the players, he must have an amazing pre-season,” he said.

“Forget football, just work your socks off to get in shape. Be lean, athletic and strong. Football will take care of itself as there aren’t many better footballers in the league with their goalscoring ability.

“He has to get his fitness level to where he needs to be, he’s been very committed and focused. He has to help this team with a lot of young players, he has to be the player who stands out in the team that wins games .

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