Rowe: My time has finally come
Danny Rowe has said he is determined to play his part for Town this campaign by contributing goals and assists to the side.
Since his move from Macclesfield two and a half years ago, Rowe has only made three starts for Town but with a full pre-season under his belt he is confident of making an impact this season: “Pre-season has gone well for me. It’s great to be fit, training properly and getting games.
“An injury-free pre-season is a big thing for me after the way things went last year. I’ve built up a nice bit of fitness and I’m really looking forward to the season getting under way.
“Obviously I haven’t played many games here. I’ve not had the game time, which has been really disappointing for me, but I can only look forward and hope that my time has finally come.”
Town are without several players who would usually compete with Rowe for a starting position. Teddy Bishop, Jack Lankester, Gwion Edwards, Jon Nolan and Jordan Roberts are all out which gives Rowe a chance: “The injured players are going to be a big miss for the team but we have to move on and whoever gets a chance has to make sure they take it.
“Everyone wants to play and wants to do well for the team, and I’m up there as well.
“I only worry about what I can do to improve myself and give myself the best possible chance of getting into the team. That’s all I’ve done since we reported back for pre-season.”
Asked about his best position, Rowe continued: “I’d say either on the right wing or behind the striker, where I had a lot of success last season when I was on loan at Lincoln. Playing wide suits me as well, so I’ll play anywhere. As long as I’m playing I’m happy.
“I know that in my position I’ve got to add things to the team, like goals, assists and helping to create scoring chances. That’s what I am looking forward to doing.”
With Lambert frustrated with the lack of signings, Rowe believes the squad is more than capable of returning to the Championship: “We’ve got some really solid attackers available to us and I believe there are goals in the team from other areas too,”
“It’s a real positive as we go forward looking to win promotion.
“I’ve played there before and so have some of the lads, and I think all the players know what to expect. I believe it comes down to us, though, and if we play the right way and we do what we’ve been working on throughout pre-season I’m sure things will go our way.
“I’m really confident we can be up there come the end of the season. We’ve been working hard all pre-season and if we apply ourselves correctly I can see it working out fine. We know our aim.
“A lot of the lads here are used to playing in the Championship, while others have been successful at the lower level. We all know where we want to be and that’s all we are focused on.”
The winger spent the second half of last season on loan with Lincoln City and had the strange contrast of promotion and relegation on his CV from last season.
Rowe said: “It was a case of real ups and downs. It’s never nice to be part of being relegated and I was thinking about the lads back here.
“Now it’s just a case of moving on and trying to get back to the Championship, which is where we want to be and in my view should be.
“As experiences go, it was massive to end the season on a high because at the start I was injured and missed all of pre-season.
“When I came back I was training at times with the U23s, so it didn’t help me out fitness-wise.
“I had to go and get games, and luckily for me I went to a winning team. It was a really positive experience and being a part of a team that won the league title is something I will take with me for the rest of my career.”
“ I think in football it’s all about momentum and at Lincoln I think they’ve got that going for them.
“Week in, week out, you go into games knowing that you’re going to win the game, or at least that you’ve got a strong chance of winning it. I think the players take that mindset into every game.
“Looking at the lads here, I thought we played really well in a lot of games last season.
“At times it was just about getting that goal – that’s what it seemed to be – so hopefully we can add to that in the new season and go on to have a good season. It’s important to get a good start then take it forward and progress from there.
“Relegation is one of the worst things that can happen to a player. When you get relegated it affects a lot of things but you have to remember where you were and use that to push you on because you should want to get back to that level as soon as possible. Hopefully that’s what we will do.
“I know we’re going to be a scalp for opponents and that we’re there to be shot at. But every team that comes down is generally among the favourites to go straight back up and whether or not you are favourites isn’t something that concerns the players. We know what we want, we know our goal and that’s all we can focus on.”
Rowe looks set to play a part in Towns opener tomorrow at Burton after an impressive pre-season.