French defender feels in great shape heading into new campaign
Maxime Colin doesn’t think this pre-season could have gone much better as The Bees continue to prepare for the upcoming Sky Bet Championship campaign. This is the French full-back’s first pre-season as a Brentford player and he has been really pleased with how it has gone so far.
Speaking to Bees Player earlier this week Maxime said: “Pre-season is going really well. We have been working really hard. The Training Camp in Germany was perfect and we worked really well. We have already played two games and we have four more to come. We don’t have many injuries so we need to keep going. I think that we have an easy group here. It is really easy to adapt to our dressing room. Everyone is nice to each other so it is not complicated to play here. Brentford is like a family and it is easy to adapt to. I don’t think it will be a problem for the new players or for any more new players who will arrive.”
The 24-year-old had a frustrating debut season with Brentford as injury restricted the former Anderlecht man to 21 league appearances after joining last August. Now, with a full pre-season so far behind him, Maxime feels he is in good shape and looking forward to the season ahead.
“Last year was difficult for me with injuries,” said Maxime. “I was out for three months and that was not easy for me. After that I had a problem with my groin so hopefully, this year, everything will be perfect. I have prepared well and I have no problems. All the medical staff have taken care of me and I did well in the first two friendlies. I hope that I can continue like this as this is a really important season for me. I hope that I can play a lot of games and a lot of good games.”
The Bees ended last season picking up seven wins from their final nine matches to finish in ninth place. Maxime believes that strong end to the season gave the team real confidence going into the summer break and he wants to carry on that form into the start of the new campaign.
“We finished the last ten matches really well last season and that gives us the trust for the new season,” said Maxime. “It might be too soon to say that we want to be promoted but we just want to work hard and see what happens when the season starts. We will know a bit more about where we are after the first ten games. We finished really well and we have kept the same team, only Jake Bidwell and David Button have left. We should start the season well as we have worked hard. We have players who will bring strengths to our team and hopefully it will be a very good season for us.”