Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell says he is hoping for an injury-free season so he can become a regular for Manuel Pellegrini's side.
The former Everton man says the team have enjoyed a strong pre-season tour in South Africa against PSL clubs SuperSport United and AmaZulu as they begin life under the Chilean.
“Things are looking good. We had a great, challenging time with our new manager [Manuel Pellegrini]. I think when the season re-opens we will be ready to play as a team," he told Goal in Durban at the end of the tour.
“I am hoping that this season I can stay injury free so that I will be able to do well for the club."
After relinquishing their Premier League crown to Manchester United last season, the English midfielder admitted that there is pressure on his club to win trophies but is confident in City's new manager.
“Our new manager Manuel Pellegrini is a committed man and he wants to get the best out of each and every player," he added.
"I am hoping that we will finish at the top of the league under his guidance."
City have once again been active in the transfer market bringing in Stevan Jovetic, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, to strengthen an already competitive squad, but Rodwell is confident he can force his way into the side.
“I think everyone has a chance to prove himself and that is what I am hoping to do," he said.
"Manchester City is a big club with many players and I believe that to be in the starting line-up, you need to earn your place."