Coventry City captain Carl Baker says he is determined to help the Sky Blues secure promotion back to The Championship this season.
Baker began his preparation for the campaign ahead with a strict healthy diet and teetotal regime to boost his fitness, including totally cutting-out alcohol.
“I am more determined than ever to have a successful season for the club,” said last term’s multi-award winning player of the year.
“I always look after myself in the summer which is the time when you can let yourself go a little bit. I never overdo it but I haven’t touched a drop this summer and that’s down to the fact that I had such a good season last year and I don’t want to drop my standards. If anything, I want to kick on.
“It’s majorly important to look after yourself over the summer and as well as not having a drink I have eaten healthily and kept my fitness ticking over so I feel really good at the moment.
“I like to hit the ground running because I don’t like going back and not having a reasonable level of fitness because it’s too difficult for that. I have too much experience of pre-season to go back without having done anything.”
“I’m really excited about the new season and looking forward to it,” he said.
“I want a promotion and I am not going to beat about the bush with any excuses, we need to get promoted this year.
“Never mind all the off-field problems, at the end of the day we need to get back up to the Championship which is our main aim.”
Baker has been linked with Nottingham Forest over the summer, but is fully focused on helping City achieve their aim of promotion.
Carl Baker was speaking to The Coventry Telegraph’s Andy Turner.