Jores Okore: I want to repay Paul Lambert's faith in me
Okore had a season to forget in claret and blue, missing the majority of the term with a serious knee injury.
It's been a long rehabilitation for the Danish giant but there was light at the end of the tunnel as he returned to full training with the squad in the final few weeks of the campaign.
He wasn't risked in the run-in but he's now relishing the chance to show his qualities when the new campaign kicks off at Stoke City on Saturday August 16.
Okore says he owes a big debt to Lambert, who brought him to the Barclays Premier League.
He said: "It's about next season for me. That's my focus. I am looking forward to that. I can't wait. It can't come quick enough.
"It will be the coming season when I get my big chance again to prove myself. I want to show what I can do.
"The manager has been very supportive with me. He bought me - he showed great faith in me and now I want to repay him.
"He bought for me a reason - he must have believed in my ability. I will prove he was right!
"It's about getting up to speed, getting a good pre-season under my belt and then hopefully playing games.
"I am so determined to play well and impress and prove my ability to everyone - the players, the manager and the fans.
"I think this coming season will be the one that counts for me.
"I just want to be able to turn around to the manager and say 'you were right to buy me.' I want to repay his big faith.
"I want to develop here and be the best player I can be. I want to make a difference."
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