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INTERVIEW: Aidan Finnegan previews new campaign for Sky Blues U21s

City's youngster will take on the Royals this week...

23 August 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Aidan Finnegan is looking forward to the 2022/23 Professional Development League season getting underway.

The midfielder was part of the squad last season that won the PDL for the first time, beating Bristol City 3-2 in the final.

With the campaign set to get going against Reading U21 at the Alan Higgs Centre tomorrow, here’s what Finnegan had to say.

“I’m really excited to be honest; we’ve had a good pre-season and picked up a lot of good results against some strong opposition," he said.

“Our squad has slightly changed, but we still have a good group of players and I think we can do well again next season.

“The new lads have come in and settled in well and everyone is looking sharp and looking forward to the first game.

“When you play in a competition, the main thing you want to do is to win it, but I think this season we want to try and go one step further and win the league and then win the play-offs again.”

On a personal note, for Finnegan, he has been grateful to be able to get a full pre-season under his belt ahead of the new campaign.

Last season, Aidan spent the summer recovering from an injury which cut short his 2020/21 season and ate into the 21/22 season.

Now, after featuring for the Under-21s in all pre-season fixtures, Finnegan is hoping his injuries are behind him as he prepares for a successful year.

“Personally, I’ve played a lot of minutes in pre-season and now we’re all looking forward to the start of the new season.

“Last season I didn’t have a pre-season, so it was tough getting into the swing of things, but I’ve had a lot of minutes and I think I’ve done well, so I’m looking forward to the competitive games.

“The injury is behind me now and I’m just trying to stay fit and healthy and help the team as much as I can.

“It was hard last season, the team was already doing well, but this pre-season is important for me, and it helps you physically and mentally.”

City take on the Royals on Tuesday afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Entry and parking is free for supporters on a first come, first serve basis.

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