It’s great to be back at USM Finch Farm for pre-season.
I enjoyed my time in Ireland over the summer break, seeing my family and friends and bringing the kids home to Donegal.
But we’re footballers and, while I kept myself ticking over in the off-season, it’s always good to return to the Club to start preparing for the new campaign.
We’re all eager to impress the new manager and it’s a new set of eyes on us. I spoke to him before I came back and he has addressed us all on the training ground.
We’ve got to work hard and impress him. It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to it.
Every new manager brings a new style. As players, especially as you get a bit older, you take note of that more – how managers work and how they are tactically.
If you’re into football, you know what this manager is about. It’s another step for us, as a squad, to look forward to and learn from.
The manager has won 13 major honours in his career and I think that’s exciting for the Board, the team and the fans.
Ultimately, winning silverware is the goal, and that will be the goal for me until I kick my last ball for Everton Football Club. It is something I’ve said numerous times and I’m sure the fans would rather just see it happen than hear me talking about it every year. But I make no apologies for it.
There has to be an end goal and the desire to win something at this football club has never faded.
I think it’s something you’ve got to say out loud and you’ve got to believe it. You’ve got to believe it as a club.
For now, we’re focused on having a good pre-season and the campaign ahead.
We’ve got the Florida Cup coming up at the end of the month. I’m looking forward to it. Those trips away are always good for the group.
We’ll get to bond more and the new manager will want to get to know us more, too.
And after the 18 months everyone’s had with the pandemic, being able to go over there and play football feels like some normality is coming back.
We’re excited for it and we’re going to work hard between now and heading out to the US.
We’ll aim to make a good account of ourselves in the games, with the manager’s style and the way he wants us to do things.
Last week, the Club also announced work is going to begin on our new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on 26 July.
We’ve all seen the plans and it’s going to be an unbelievable stadium. Hopefully, we can build a good team to move into our new home with.
Of course, I’ve got massive affection for Goodison Park. We’ve got some amazing memories there and it’s going to be tough to leave.
But with the way the Football Club is going, and the financial backing we’ve got, the new stadium will be a huge for Everton’s future. And I think it will be very exciting for all the people of Liverpool.