Roberts: It’s down to us to deliver
Town forward, Jordan Roberts, has said nothing other than promotion will do this season.
The former Crawley striker returned to Town this summer after a loan spell at Lincoln City last season.
“For me, [the aim is] to try and contribute as much as possible, whether that’s assists or goals and leave all I can on the pitch, and it’s down to working hard in training in the week. I want to get my opportunity out there,” he said.
“Whether it’s coming on as a substitute or starting a game I want to try and grab it with both hands.”
“Coming back here, it’s always a good thing being back round the boys again.
“I need to play my part in the team as much as everyone else. I’m willing to do that and give my all for the club, so when I get my opportunity I’m going to try and take it.
“Obviously the feeling last year with Lincoln getting promotion is something that every player should aspire to have and want, and I want that again this year and I’m going to give it my all to try and get that.”
Although manager, Paul Lambert, has played down the talk of winning the division, his players have shown plenty of fighting talk.
“We’ve had meetings, we’ve spoken with the captain and people at the club, and we’ve said that it’s a case of taking the shackles off and just going for it,”
Roberts was a surprise inclusion as a centre forward when Lambert was first appointed Town manager, is this Roberts preferred position: “I’ve had this question a few times,” he said. “Anywhere in an attacking role, to be fair, because I think the manager gives us a lot of flexibility down the middle and out wide, whether that’s switching over or playing down the middle, so there’s always a time in the game when you find yourself down the middle or out wide right or out wide left.
“So for me, anywhere up there I don’t mind as long as I can contribute as much as possible and play as many games and get as many games under my belt.”
“At the end of the day we have to get ourselves back into the league (Championship) and where we deserve to be. It’s down to us. We know what we’ve got to do and take full responsibility for that.”
Speaking on the plans for this season, as a club, Roberts is clear what the objective is: “There’s nothing else that crosses the boys’ mind apart from ‘we need to get promoted’. That’s it. We need to get the club back where it needs to be.
“The fans know that, we know that, everyone at the training ground and the stadium knows it.
“It’s down to us to deliver. I think we’re in a good place now. It’s up to us to go out there now and show how much we want it from the first game.”