Kieran Sadlier is hoping to reap the rewards of a first pre-season at Wanderers ahead of the new campaign.

Sadlier arrived from Rotherham back in January and impressed during the final stages of the campaign as the Whites finished ninth in League One.

And the versatile wideman has continued his momentum over pre-season, finding the top corner with a superb strike against Huddersfield at the UniBol last weekend.

“I think it is important that I settled in well in January and got used to everybody and the club,” he said. “It is an amazing club and we are backed all the way, just to go and do our stuff on the pitch.

“To have my first full pre-season here was important. I feel good, I feel at home here and I feel settled for the first time in a while on and off the pitch.

“I am enjoying it. It is a very good squad and we have got strength in depth, and I think that is only a positive.”

Sadlier reckons Wanderers have shown they can “mix up” their game over the summer, which he thinks will be vital over the coming season.

He added: “I think our performance against Watford and our performance (against Huddersfield) were two different performances.

“Against Watford, we got one of the goals from pressing – something we worked on – and another one was good play, we released Dapo and he scored a good goal. We defended well and stayed compact and resolute.

“(Against Huddersfield) we played some nice football in the second half and got a deserved goal at the end. It is two different performances and it shows we can mix our game up.

“I think that is important this going into this season because we are going to come up against teams who will do different things to us, so I it is good to have.”

EFL clubs will be allowed to make five substitutions per game this season – an increase from three last term – and Sadlier says everyone will need to play their part.

“I think it is going to benefit a lot of teams. You see a lot of teams with big squads,” the wideman explained.

“Everyone is going to play a lot of minutes this year – there are over 50 games in all competitions.

“It is going to be a good season hopefully and we are all going to get lots of minutes and show what we can do.

“I think at the end of the season, hopefully if we get promoted, it is a big squad effort.”

Wanderers kick off the new campaign with the long trip to Portman Road to take on Ipswich, who have been tipped as early favourites for promotion.

“It is a huge game, it is a big club. Obviously, they will be one of the contenders as well I think,” added Sadlier.

“But that is what we want to do. We want to go to the best teams in the league and beat them, and I would say we are up there with the best teams in the league as well.”