Mile Jedinak spoke to cpfc.co.uk just after he took his first look at the fixtures for the 2015/16 season and admits to the news of our schedule begins to get him excited already for the big kick-off.
“I had a little break before the international match but now that is completed I will take a chance to enjoy a bit more of a holiday but you don’t really ever switch off and when the fixtures come out you begin to get excited and start gearing up for it all again.”
Mile didn’t break from routine and took a familiar check on certain dates of the season as he had a look through the list.
“Looking at the fixtures I always tend to look at the first game of the season and then the last one, this time round we face one of the promoted clubs in Norwich City and we know ourselves how much you look forward to that first match in the top flight after winning promotion. Other areas of the season I tend to look at are the holiday times, Christmas is always a busy time and this year is no different.
“The first game at Carrow Road sees us open the season on our travels against a side who have just earned the right to play at this level. It is going to be a difficult task to start with. To be honest it is no different week in and week out in this league as each game is always going to be difficult in a league full of quality teams.
“They had a strong finish to the season and will return and prepare in the right way ready to give it a good go in the Premier League this time around.”
Another area of the schedule that is always a talking point is the closing weeks of the season and it is a trip to the south coast for Mile and the squad.
“Looking at the other end of season we finish with a game against Southampton and they showed during the last campaign how difficult that will be, particularly at their ground.
“You have to play everyone and we are not in control of the order they come for us but everyone at this club who are involved should be excited at the prospect of next season and building on what was achieved to see us finish in tenth place.”
Before all the action gets underway in August the club will be taking part in The Cape Town Cup and Mile has fond memories of playing in the country.
“I played in South Africa for my country during the World Cup and in July the club are travelling to Cape Town, which is a nice city and I am sure everyone will enjoy being part of this tournament. It will be an important part of our preparation for the new season.”
The full audio interview is now available at eagles.cpfc.co.uk.