Demarai Gray

Gray: Everyone's Looking Forward To The New Season

Demarai Gray says the 2019/20 campaign provides Leicester City with a 'fresh start' to execute Brendan Rodgers' tactical ideas in the Premier League.
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- Leicester City sealed a third consecutive pre-season victory at Cambridge United on Tuesday
- Demarai Gray was making his first appearance of the summer for the Foxes
- The 23-year-old was pleased to be back in the company of his club team-mates
- Gray believes there is a lot to be excited about at the Club ahead of the new season

The Northern Irishman's maiden pre-season at the Football Club has so far included three victories, culminating in Tuesday's 3-0 success at Cambridge United.

While Gray, who represented England at the UEFA U21 European Championship, missed City's first two pre-season fixtures, the winger was thrilled to be back this week.

"It’s good to be back in with the boys," he told LCFC TV. "It felt good to get my first 45 minutes and I feel confident that we’re going to get working on our patterns of play.

"Although it’s all about fitness, the season is fast approaching so these are the next few games to do what we do best and get ready for the season.  

It’s a very top team so I think competition is going to be tight… Everyone’s going to be fighting for their place and it’s just reminded us about that.

Demarai Gray LCFC TV

"Being away from the boys, they’ve had a little head start and they’ve been together for a bit longer, but because we only had two or three weeks off, we haven’t lost too much fitness.

"I felt okay, I had a little 10-minute spell where I had to catch my breath and it was a hot day, but apart from that, I felt good.

"Over the next few games, that’s enough time for me to catch up with the boys and be ready for the first game."

Gray also discussed his role within Rodgers' framework ahead of the coming season and outlined his willingness to be flexible in terms of his positional play.

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Watch extended highlights as the Foxes travelled to Abbey Stadium as preparations for the 2019/20 season continued.

"I need to be flexible," he added. "I’m an attacker so whether it’s on the right… Whether I’m on the right or the left, what I have to do still applies.

"I have to do the same things, but with the manager obviously coming towards the end of the season.

"Everyone as a group was looking forward to having a fresh start, a fresh season and now we’ve got a whole season to try and achieve what we want to as a group.

"It’s a very top team so I think competition is going to be tight… Everyone’s going to be fighting for their place and it’s just reminded us about that."

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