Doncaster Rovers: I expect pressure, says Harry Forrester

Harry Forrester.
Harry Forrester.

Harry Forrester feels the pressure - but it’s usually of his own doing.

For the attacking midfielder is keen to move on from his injury nightmare which derailed his debuting season with Rovers last season.

And that, he says, will only be done if he works hard and proves how much of an impact he can make in the red and white of Doncaster.

On his comeback, the former Brentford ace said: “It’s been positive, I’ve had a good pre-season, I’m fitter, stronger and raring to go.”

The 23-year-old went on: “Hopefully I’ve shown already that I can be a big player for the team.

“It’s up to me to get myself training well and into the team because competition is rife with the boys doing so well.

“But I can handle the pressure, I put myself under that pressure. I know what is expected of me on the pitch and what I have got to bring to the side.

“It was very tough seeing some of the big teams come to the Keepmoat last season and seeing some of the big stadiums we’ve visited - that’s why I signed. It’s what I wanted to do and where I wanted to play.

“But you realise it’s not all about football. I was sat there watching but I had a good family at home and I knew if I came back this year, worked hard in the summer, I’d be fitter, stronger and hopefully I could let my football do the talking and everyone would stop talking about last year.”

If anything, Forrester believes his injury pain has matured him as a footballer.

“It makes you appreciate what you have, it was a tough time but my family was there. The gaffer [Paul Dickov] helped me a tremendous amount and Alex [Dalton] the physio. There were some dark days with Al but you get over it.

“It’s made me more professional because I know I don’t want to go there again. I’m doing the extra work to make sure my body is right, so I’ve learnt from it. I’m still young.

“But it’s forgotten now. I’m forward-thinking and want to get as many games as I can.”