18th July 2016

Yeovil goalkeeper Jonny Maddison says that his new manager Darren Way are gearing up for League Two war in pre-season this summer.

The young shot-stopper played the final half hour of the narrow 2-1 defeat to Championship side Bristol City, keeping a clean sheet on his first taste of Huish Park action.

And Maddison explained that the Town boss is readying the troops for a hard physical campaign, with the Robins game a great test to help their preparation.

The 21-year-old said, “Preseason is all about minutes and getting your eye back in. We were up against a good Bristol City side, so it was a good test for us.

“We all know what it’s going to be like, the gaffer is preparing us for battle. The style of play I think is good enough to help us push on, and I can’t see why we’re not good enough to get out of this league.

“It’s all about positive counter-attacking football, and I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season and getting more games under our belts, it should be good.”

The Chester-Le-Street born goalkeeper has joined the Glovers on a one-year-deal from Premier League champions Leicester City, and when Way told him about the Huish Park project he could not refuse coming to Somerset.

“I’m delighted,” explained Maddison.

“When the gaffer to spoke to me about the way he wants to play and the way the club is, I couldn’t turn it down as it’s a fantastic opportunity for me.

“The club is heading in the right direction and I’ve been really looking forward to getting started.”

Another positive for the former Foxes custodian alongside a better chance of game-time is improved weather- something that Maddison, born in the North East, isn’t quite used to yet!

The shot-stopper said, “Everybody said it was a lovely part of Britain. I’m taken aback by the weather, it hasn’t rained once so it’s completely different to the North East!

“I’m really enjoying it here and I can’t wait to get started.”