RECENT recruit Sean Goss has admitted that he is making a conscious effort to ‘bulk up’ in order to deal with the physical demands of a Sky Bet Championship season.
The cultured midfielder made just six appearances for the Hoops last term after moving from Manchester United in January.
But 21-year-old Goss has high hopes of holding down a regular starting spot in 2017/18, in what will be his first full season as a first-team player.
“Pre-season has been tough – but that’s what we’re here to do,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“After last season, we knew it’d be difficult when we came back in. So a lot of the lads worked hard during the break.
“Now we’re back in, it’s been really tough and I’m sure things will get even tougher. But I think it’s great for us – it’s what we need going into the new season.”
Goss added: “It can be tough when joining a new club in January.
“So I’m buzzing for the new season. Everyone’s at the same level and it’s time to push on and gain a regular starting spot now.
“I feel really good. I had a good break and also worked hard over the summer. I tried to build up my body weight, and things like that.
“I know that I need to bulk up especially. But I’ve been working hard and I just need to carry that on.
“The Championship is such a physical league. You can get away with it (being lighter) in the reserves, but I’ve always wanted to bulk up.
“Doing so in the summer is the perfect time. Training is not as intense and you can do it.
“I’ve been working with the boys in the gym – and I had a training plan to do over the summer.
“I’ve stuck to it and I am seeing the results. Now I just want to keep improving them.”
Rangers kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 behind-closed-doors friendly win over non-league Bromley at Harlington on Tuesday, and face Reading (also behind-closed-doors) at the Royals’ Berkshire training ground tomorrow (Saturday).
Speaking after the Bromley success, Goss said: “It was good to get 45 minutes, and the boys did well.
“We played some really-good stuff, and hopefully we can build on that at the weekend.
“We’re working really hard and it’s another opportunity to get some more minutes.
“Hopefully we can get one over them (Reading) both tomorrow and at the start of the season.”