Head coach Kenny Jackett has indicated that David Davis will have every opportunity of forcing his way back into first team contention when the new season begins.
The midfielder was something of a regular in the opening months of last year’s League One campaign but his appearances tailed off following the emergence of Lee Evans and Jack Price coupled with the signings of Kevin McDonald, Michael Jacobs and James Henry.
Davis is a product of the club’s Academy, and Kenny said of him: “He started last season but lost his place and other people developed.
“But we’ve started again, everyone has their front foot on the line and David is one of them, definitely. It’s a fresh season and a new chance.
“He’s been very well thought of in his years here but just unfortunately lost his place.
“But that’s football and it’s about how he reacts now.
“He has to react positively and do everything he can to get back into the frame.
“He probably needs to settle down and make sure he gives the midfielders here a really good run for their money.
“He did well in the Premier League and in the Championship – I saw him play two years ago and he did very well.
“In League One it didn’t quite happen but we’re back in the Championship now and it’s how he reacts.”
Davis isn’t the only home grown player occupying the thoughts of Kenny as he hinted at possible loan moves for the likes of Zeli Ismail and Anthony Forde.
He explained: “My thoughts are to have a look at Zeli in pre-season and do some work with him.
“I haven’t set a deadline, but I’ll assess it, make sure he gets the games he needs and doesn’t stay here floating around the edge of it.
“There are two leagues below us now and I’m sure there are teams who would take some of these players, and that’s a positive.
“But at the moment, we’ll carry on with Zeli in pre-season and see where he’s up to compared to the others in his position - then if it’s right he may go out again.
“He had a good loan spell at Burton and he’s well thought of there.
“Anthony Forde is probably a player that does need to go out on loan and make his way.
“There are quite a lot of people ahead of him in his position so he does need to get that type of move.
“But there’s nothing set up for him.
“I’ve brought four wingers in, so he’s either got to battle to get back above those, or more likely go on loan and try to gain experience and prove his ability there.”
Kenny is hopeful that other members of the more youthful members of his squad will be making an impression in the weeks leading up to the new season.
He added: “I’m hoping it will happen – someone has maybe come back stronger and maybe have a different focus.
“If there are any of the young players that come back having put their experience to good effect, that’s a bonus.
“You start pre-season assessing them in terms of who’s developed and who’s improved.”