James Tomkins is looking forward to the season more than most after a long injury lay-off last season but is wary of two opening home games against Leicester City and Bournemouth.
He warned: “You saw how Leicester finished the season, they will bring the confidence they gained from that and the Bournemouth lads will be out to show what they can do and get off to a good start.
Speaking talking to the official site: “I can’t wait for the start of the season. For me, although it was great to get on for the last game against Newcastle, as I have been injured, it seems like ages since I have played. I can’t wait.”
The last home match against Swansea excites the central defender and he says: “That is going to be some game for everyone associated with the Club. Fans, players, everyone. We will be determined to send the ground off with a winning result and that is what we will be trying to do.
“It’s an exciting time for the club, making sure we can give the ground a good send-off and then looking forward to the move to the new Stadium, we are all looking forward to it.”