Brentford’s Keane Lewis-Potter is keen to keep “building” his match fitness after an injury-hit debut season with the Bees.
Lewis-Potter joined from Hull City in July 2022 but scored just one goal in 13 appearances last season due to injuries, with a knee injury ending his campaign in early March.
The 22 year-old made his return in a pre-season friendly 1-1 draw at Boreham Wood early month where he only played in the first half, but managed 71 minutes in a 3-2 friendly defeat to Fulham in Philadelphia in their opening game of the Premier League Summer series.
Speaking about what his and Brentford’s aim is in this pre-season friendly series, Lewis-Potter commented: “We want to show what we can do in those games, but the other teams are going to want to do that as well. I’m looking forward to some good battles. In this heat, it’ll be very tough, but it’ll hopefully all be worth it.”
Lewis-Potter however has his own personal target heading into their friendly against Brighton at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, USA, on 26 July as he explained: “I want to focus on building my fitness, making sure I feel right for the upcoming season.
“It’s about building my confidence in these games as well, trying to get on the scoresheet and create chances. All the sort of things you want to do in pre-season.”
With over 70,000 fans expected to be in attendance, Lewis-Potter is “really looking forward” to experiencing one of the biggest crowds yet in his career, as he described the stadium as “unbelievable” with “a great experience.”
“I knew it was hot out here, but I didn’t know it was going to be like this! It’s just so humid and sticky,” continued Lewis-Potter as attention turned to the hot weather across America.
The heat has proven so scorching that Lewis-Potter admitted that he was sweating after just a warm-up session, as he explained: “We were doing a warm-up the other day before training, it literally had no intensity, and everyone was absolutely dripping.
“It’s ridiculous in this heat, it’s so tough. But we do all that to stand us in good stead for the games coming up and the Premier League season as well. It’s only going to benefit us.”