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Robbie Rogers looks forward to helping Leeds return the Premier League

Robbie Rogers looks forward to helping Leeds return the Premier League

Drew Hallowell

The 25-year-old winger has big expectations in his second season at the storied club.

Injuries robbed Robbie Rogers of making an impact in his first year at Leeds United but he hopes to make a better impression this season.

The United States international wants to help lead the storied club back into the Premier League.

"I expect a lot of myself and a lot of our team," Rogers told Goal.com. "I think it's going to be a big year for us. It's a huge club and the fans want us to return to the Premier League."

Rogers was limited to only four appearances with the English Championship side last season, as he suffered an ankle injury that ended his campaign in April. The former Columbus Crew star also had to deal with a managerial change only weeks after joining the club in January.

Simon Grayson, who signed Rogers under the recommendation of United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was fired and replaced by former QPR boss Neil Warnock, creating even more uncertainty for the 25-year-old left winger.

Yet, prior to Rogers' injury, Warnock had started the left winger against Peterborough, signaling the manager's faith. Rogers believes that move along with Warnock's decision to retain him for the upcoming season points to what should be a good year ahead.

"The manager brought me back so I'm sure that he wants me to contribute in helping our team get back to the Premier League," Rogers said. "I'm going to go in there confident and ready to go work my butt off."

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There were some concerns about Rogers' health heading into preseason but he participated in Steve Nash's charity soccer match in New York this summer and looked very mobile. Rogers is looking forward to having a full preseason with Leeds.

"For me, I need to stay healthy and get back to playing consistently," he stated.

Rogers' spell with Leeds marks the second time that he has played for a club in Europe. Out of college, Rogers signed his first professional contract with Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen. Rogers describes playing in England as an experience unrivaled in any part of the world.

"It's a different world over there when it comes to soccer," Rogers said. "The people there eat and breathe football."

Rogers says that the passionate fan base has him fired up for this season.

"[Getting promoted] is the goal for Leeds United," Rogers said. "There's a huge fan following [in England] and there's a massive tradition at the club.

"There's a lot of pressure there but that's what comes with being at club like Leeds."

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