Bogdan raring to go
Keeper looking forward to continuing in No.1 role
By Juha Pal Tibor. Last Updated: August 18, 2012 1:44pm
Adam Bogdan: Looking forward to new season with Bolton
Bolton's Adam Bogdan is determined to up his game this season as he bids to cement his status as the club's first-choice goalkeeper.
The 24-year-old displaced Jussi Jaaskelainen as Owen Coyle's No.1 last term and the Finnish veteran has since moved to West Ham.
Hungary international Bogdan is looking forward to continuing in the role and hopes to earn more appearances for his national team.
He told Nemzeti Sport: "I have a new feeling before the start of the season. I'm not nervous but excited.
"I know I have to lift my concentration because it's likely I won't sit on the bench - not for my club or the national team. Luckily these are pleasant challenges."
He added: "My games for Hungary and the fact that I became a number one at Bolton have resulted in more people recognising me in the streets (in Hungary). This is a good feeling but I won't change my attitude when I come home to the national team."
Bogdan enjoyed taking on Barcelona B in Bolton's final pre-season fixture and was pleased with a 2-2 draw.
"We played against 16-18-year-old genius footballers and their system was close to the one which is played by Barcelona," he said.
"(They made) great sprints and forward runs, lots of passes - even inside the penalty area - and when you lose the ball they go back immediately so you have to play very fast against them if you have the ball otherwise they will make you make a mistake.
"It's great to see that we reached a quite high level for the middle of August."