Michael Bostwick insists the squad need to focus on what is ahead of them rather than the disappointment of last season.
Michael Bostwick is looking to the future and admits that everyone at Peterborough United need to move on from the disappointment of the last day drama at Crystal Palace.
Bostwick, who performed superbly at centre back in the second half of the campaign, admitted it took quite a while to get over the heartbreak, but insists that the focus is now on achieving an immediate promotion back to the Championship.
‘We have a fresh challenge ahead of us. It is an exciting challenge because we know what we need to do and that is try and get back to the Championship at the first time of asking, but that won’t be easy. We have got to come back and carry on from where we left off at the end of the season because we were playing some really good football,' Bostwick said.
The former Stevenage man, like everyone else in the squad, has been working hard in the close-season and sticking to the programmes given to them at the end of the last campaign. He admits it is important to keep on top of his fitness.
‘I have been doing a bit of fitness work during the summer. It is always important to keep yourself in decent shape during the close-season, especially as I ended the season with an injury. I need to keep on top of things to make sure when the training starts I am raring to go. We had a programme to stick to during the summer, but I also think it is important to have a break for mental reasons as well as physical ones,' Bostwick said.
Bostwick became Mr Versatile last term, moving into defence from a central midfield berth, but he insists he is happy to play wherever the manager chooses to select him and admits he knows what to expect from League One.
‘I enjoyed playing centre back, it is a lot different to central midfield in so many ways, but I don’t really mind where I play. If the manager wants me to play in defence I will play there and if he wants me back in the middle of the park then I will play there too. As long as I am playing I am happy.
‘I have played in League One and it is a lot more physical than the Championship in my opinion, but I am pretty sure that teams will find it hard to cope with us if we continue to play the football we did last year. If we keep the majority of the squad together then we can give it a real good go,' Bostwick said.