Jack Iredale had to watch from the sidelines last season as Wanderers came up just short in the play-offs.

The defender is eager to contribute as much as possible this time around as the Whites push for promotion.

“I love being involved. We are up the right end of the table and have some massive games coming up, so it is a very exciting time to be a part of it,” said Iredale.

“I will use the cliché that the gaffer says and that we all take in – pressure is a privilege.

“The pressure that we have got it pressure to win the league and get promoted rather than to stay in the league, so that is a positive pressure.

“But I don’t think we should take pressure into the games because our outlook on each game doesn’t change.

“We want to have the same processes and the same outcome. Whatever happens around us doesn’t matter if we do our job.”

Wanderers have plenty of games to cram in during the final months of the campaign, but Iredale is relishing the challenge.

“I love the Saturday, Tuesday fixtures,” he added. “It gives me more of a chance to play when we have got such a deep and talented squad, everyone is fighting for positions.

“The more games there are in short spaces of time, the more chance you have to get on the pitch.

“When we don’t have a Tuesday game, I think myself getting a bit bored waiting for the weekend to roll around! I am buzzing with the amount of games we have got to play.”

Ricardo Santos has missed the past few matches with a calf issue. Eoin Toal and new signing Caleb Taylor have both played in the middle of the back three in the skipper’s absence.

“We have tweaked things a little bit,” Iredale explained. We know what strengths Rico brings but at the same time, whether it is Toaly or Caleb in the middle, they both offer different things as well.

“Playing with Toaly at the weekend, I have got a good relationship with him and we get on really well.

“That helps in terms of being able to demand certain things from each other and the way we can talk to each other and communicate.

“Obviously, Rico is our skipper and he’s a leader, but he is doing a good job from off the pitch in terms of trying to drive the standards and keep the mood upbeat in the group.”

Charlton come to town this weekend and the 27-year-old is hopeful Wanderers can keep building momentum and getting points on the board.

“Charlton were a similar club to Bolton when I was growing up in Australia – you saw them in the Premier League,” he said.

“I know a couple of the boys at Charlton and I know how good their individual players are. It is going to be a tough test but I am looking forward to it.”