Vicent Sasso has vowed to do all he can to help Sheffield Wednesday have a successful season.
All eyes will be on the Owls when the new campaign gets underway on August 8 following their big summer recruitment drive.
Versatile defender Sasso is one of eight new arrivals and Charlton Athletic left-back Rhoys Wiggins is expected to be added to their ranks before tomorrow night’s pre-season friendly at Scunthorpe United.
Sasso, on a season long-loan deal from Braga, told The Star: “I hope we are going to have a great season. I don’t want to make any predictions but the important thing is we improve every game, do our best and give 100% to the fans and the club and we will see what happens after that.”
Wednesday ended up 13th last term and Sasso believes they possess the strength and depth to finish higher this time around.
“We have to push on and do better,” said the 24-year-old. “It will be difficult but that is our aim.”
Sasso’s preferred position is centre-half but the former Nantes player is happy filling in at full-back if required.
He insisted: “I will give 100% for the jersey. I always want to do my best for my teammates, the fans and the club.”
Competition for places is fierce at centre-back, with Sasso, Tom Lees, captain Glenn Loovens and Darryl Lachman vying for two places. The quartet have just two pre-season fixtures left to impress boss Carlos Carvalhal and stake a claim to be in his starting eleven against Bristol City a week on Saturday.
Sasso, who collected a yellow card in last Friday’s warm-up match versus his parent club, said: “There are great players here.
“Glenn [Loovens] is the captain and has a lot of experience. Tom [Lees] is a great professional. It’s really nice to work with these guys because you learn a lot.
“They did well last year but there are a lot of games in the Championship so I think everybody will get a chance.
“I know I might not play every game but the most important thing is the team. If I play, I will give my best.
“If Tom, Glenn or Darryl are chosen over me, I will keep on training hard and pushing to play.”