Caolan Lavery is relishing the prospect of fighting for a place in Sheffield Wednesday’s starting line-up next season.
It is no secret the Championship club plan to add to their attacking options over the summer as head coach Stuart Gray aims to turn them into promotion candidates.
Lavery, who is currently away on international duty with Northern Ireland, started all of the Owls’ final seven fixtures last campaign but is acutely aware he can ill-afford to become complacent.
“I know I can’t rest on my laurels as there has been lots of talk of the club bringing in a new striker,” he told The Star. “We didn’t score as many goals as we would have liked last season so a striker is probably the main priority for Stuart [Gray] at the minute.
“It will be interesting to see what transfers he makes.
“But I am looking forward to the challenge. I like having that extra competition. It makes you work harder every day in training as you know you can’t sit back and relax.”
The 22-year-old could make his international debut for Northern Ireland when they take on Qatar in a friendly at Gresty Road this Sunday. Michael O’Neill’s troops face Romania in a key European Championship 2016 qualifier next month.
“Every player dreams of playing for their country as it is the biggest honour there is and I’m no different,” he said.