Tranmere Rovers midfielder Brad Walker sat down with us to talk about an injury-interrupted start to his Prenton Park career, but how he is preparing to be fit to start pre-season and is looking forward to being able to show fans what he can do.
Brad signed for the Club from Port Vale in January and his playing time has been limited due to ankle ligament injuries, but a full summer of rehabilitation at The Campus has meant that he is ready to get going when the rest of the players arrive for pre-season later this month.
“The rehab’s going really well. I’ve had a very tough summer doing lots of work outside of The Campus and coming into the Campus to do some treatment as well so I’m well on track.
“I’ve got everything I need here at The Campus. I obviously wouldn’t rather be doing this than having my summer but that’s the way it panned out and I’m just glad that everything’s sorted and fixed and I’m well on track to be back for pre-season.”
As well as working hard on his rehab, Brad has been able to take some valuable time off with his family in the off-season. “I got to go away with my wife and kids so that was well-needed after the season I’ve had! To go and have lots of little breaks while working in between is brilliant.”
Life at Tranmere Rovers so far
Brad says despite his injury troubles, he has enjoyed his start to life at Prenton Park thanks to the Club staff and also the fans.
“Football Club wise, it’s gone really well so far. I’ve loved every minute of it, I love being around the place but from a personal point of view it’s nowhere near the start I wanted. I had a problem with my ankle and it just kept reoccurring but hopefully the surgery has fixed that and hopefully I can start the season fresh and show people what I’m about.
“The fans have been incredible. When I first signed for the Club, I spoke about the fans and how good they are when I’ve played here before and they haven’t seen what I can bring yet. I’ve obviously disappointed them with my injury towards the back end of last season which is out of my control but hopefully this season I can show them what I’m all about and have some good times together.
Playing in this league before and the league above, I’ve played at Prenton Park a few times and it’s a very tough place to come especially when the fans are right behind the team. If we can get them following us in their numbers and being as loud as they can, it makes a massive difference for any team coming here.”
Targets for 2023/24
On his own targets for next season, Brad is looking to remain fit and to help the team as much as he can.
“My personal aims are I just want to be fit, strong, play every game I can and touch wood to have no more bad luck with injuries and just enjoy it. As a team, we’ve got to be pushing right up at the top of the table, we don’t need to settle for anything less. It’s too big of a Club to be settling for anything less to be honest.”
You can watch the full interview with Brad via our YouTube channel below: