Lee Evans is hoping history can repeat itself if he wins a place in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s final pre-season friendly against Celta Vigo (3pm).
Because a good performance could see him make his first Championship start against Norwich, just as happened last season when he got the nod for his league debut at Preston.
Evans, who has welcomed the added competition for places provided by the arrival of Tommy Rowe, is looking at one aim at the moment – being in the starting line-up a week on Sunday.
“I’ve enjoyed pre-season so far,” says the Welsh Under-21 international.
“I’ve started a few games and it feels like it’s gone well for me and hopefully I can do that again tomorrow against Celta Vigo.
“I had the exact same mindset coming back this year as last year, to try and do what I could to impress and be in the starting line-up on the first day.
“It was about trying to start well and prove myself all over again and hopefully I can get in there.
“In terms of the season I’m looking just at the Norwich game at the moment.
“If I can be involved in that it will be a special game for me to play my first one in the Championship.
“It’s a good test for us against Celta Vigo - it’s a big chance to stake a claim for the Norwich game and I remember last year getting the nod against Real Betis and keeping my place for Preston.
“That’s what I’ll be trying to do again if selected tomorrow.”
Evans admits he is relishing both the competition provided by the Sky Bet Championship, as well as the competition within the squad to be involved in the first eleven.
“We’ve gone up a level now and I’m relishing the chance to try and be involved in the Championship,” says the 20-year-old.
“And the bonus is that the team I supported as a boy – Leeds United – are in there as well!
“There are so many big games in this league and we know it will be tough but we also have to go in without any fear.
“It’s about trying to keep the momentum going from last year and build on it and carry on improving.
“Everything has been very settled this pre-season with the lads who were here last year and keeping that team spirit, which got us through a lot of games.
“I’m sure the gaffer will still be trying to add a couple of players to the squad and that will be welcomed by us all.
“It’s good to have that competition to keep all of us on our toes and that is what brings out the best of players.
“Tommy and Rajiv have come into the midfield and we’ve probably got four or five players battling for the two spots in the middle.
“It’s healthy competition, and we push each other every day in training.
“There are different midfield players here including those who are more defensive and then attacking like Eddo who can’t stop scoring at the moment.
“Having those different options helps the gaffer and he can change it during games if it’s needed.”