Adam Mekki believes Tranmere Rovers’ pre-season schedule will do them the world of good in the opening weeks of the new campaign.
Rovers returned from a training camp in Ireland, where they shared six goals with League One outfit MK Dons in a thrilling 3-3 draw, to beat Vauxhall Motors 5-0 at Rivacre Park in their latest run-out on Saturday afternoon.
He said: “It’s good to get minutes under the belt and build up our fitness for the season. The lads are feeling a lot fresher and fitter so it was another good workout.
“The first few weeks of pre-season are tough trying to get up to scratch but we’re getting there and feeling good now. Training has been intense but that’s what it is about – getting match fit.
“We didn’t see much of the ball in the Liverpool game so that was more of a physical workout but the MK Dons game was fairly even and we dominated possession against Vauxhall Motors so we’ve had three completely different games which is good to test ourselves in a variety of situations because it means we’ll be prepared by the time the season starts.”
The winger’s goal at the weekend saw him score in successive games and he says his goalscoring is something he hopes to improve on in 2016/17 after netting four times in the previous campaign.
“I said at the end of last season that I wanted to work on getting more goals so hopefully I can carry the scoring habit into the season,” the 24 year-old said.
“I’d like to double my tally from last year at the very least. Getting to double figures would be nice so fingers crossed I get there.”
With Tranmere having seven league games in the opening month of the season, Mekki emphasised the importance of making a strong start.
“I think we’re playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday at the beginning of August so it’s about getting into that rhythm again and doing things right.
“The first few weeks of the season at our level are always intense and it’s about establishing ourselves as a real force, getting points on the board early and giving ourselves the best chance of winning the league because that’s what our aim is.”