Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell has admitted the new season is the one for him to establish himself as a first team regular at Goodison Park.
The youngster has been highlighted as one of England’s most exciting young prospects but injuries have hampered him making a big impact for David Moyes’ men, and the youngster revealed he was focused on making a big impact at the club next season.
"It's a massive season for me," he told the club's official site.
"I've got to try and establish myself. I'm not a kid anymore and I want to be a regular."
Rodwell has only just joined up with his teammates on their pre-season tour of America but was still training on his own as he looks to build his fitness up for the new season, and he admitted the conditions had been tough.
"The first day back in this heat was really hard but that's what pre-season is all about,” he continued.
“I got pulled out [of the main session] and had to do my own running, which was quite hard in this heat but it's necessary and I'm just happy to be back with the lads."
The 20 year-old was given an extended break following England U21 European Championships, which England were eliminated in the group stages, and Rodwell admitted he had learnt a lot despite the disappointment and looked forward to future competitions.
"It was disappointing the way it went but we'll take the experience from it because we're all young players," he added.
"There was high expectation and there was hype about us and we didn't achieve what we expected but that's football.
“There are a lot of lads who can play in the next tournament so its good experience."