In part two of our exclusive interviews with Haynes, he talks about his own season personally and how he wants to come back better for pre-season...
Coventry City defender Ryan Haynes has expressed his determination to come back to pre-season training stronger and fitter than last year.
The Sky Blues full-back made 30 appearances in his breakthrough season with City, but missed out during the latter stages of the campaign after a bright start – including a starring role on the return to the Ricoh.
Haynes' last start for City was back in January in the 3-1 defeat to Gillingham and he made one appearance after Tony Mowbray took charge.
But the 19-year old is eager to win back his place in the first XI and impress Mowbray by coming back to pre-season training fresh and mentally ready for the challenge.
"I'm a young player and I've still got plenty to learn," Haynes said.
"I was disappointed that I dropped off towards the end of the season as I wanted to help keep the club in the division. I was a bit burned out but I still was eager to finish the season strongly.
"I wanted to finish the season on a high, that didn't happen for me personally but now it's a challenge to come back even better.
"I want to keep improving and I will be fresh in pre-season. I want to be stronger and fitter, I learnt a lot last season and I have to remember that it was my first full season.
"But now I need to impress the manager and I appreciate how important it will be for me to start pre-season well to get back in the picture."
Despite the lack of action in the second-half of the season, Haynes did hit the appearance target he set for himself in last year's pre-season.
He continued: "I set myself a target last season of 20 appearances, so to make 30 was a good feeling. Of course as I said before, I'm disappointed with the way it ended personally.
"I still think I had a good season, I hit my appearance target so I have given myself a good foundation. Now I want to add to that tally and help the club have a good season. I'm really determined to make myself better."