Wycombe Wanderers forward Sam Vokes has stated the importance of having a pre-season as the Chairboys get ready for the new campaign.

The Welsh international, who scored 17 goals in 50 games for the club in his debut year, joined the Adams Park side just before the season began and was therefore not part of any pre-season preparations.

Despite this, he was the club’s top scorer and won Wanderers’ Player of the Season award.

Speaking to the Bucks Free Press, he explained: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the season.

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“Joining last year, I didn’t have much of a pre-season as I didn’t get any minutes under my belt.

“So this year, to have a full pre-season and be with the boys the whole time has been good and I’m raring to go.

“It’s so important to get a pre-season under your belt and with the team, we’ve had a number of games now and I’m ready to go.”

The 32-year-old also reiterated that the club’s goal of promotion ‘hasn’t changed from last season.’

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Wanderers lost the League One play-off final 2-0 against Sunderland at Wembley Stadium in what was their third final in seven years.

He continued: “It was obviously a tough one to take [losing against Sunderland], but afterward, everyone goes on holiday, you go away for a bit to regroup, you put it into perspective and since we’ve been back, it’s not been spoken about.

“There’s no hangover from that, it’s in the past, the lads look sharp and we’re ready to go again.

“We’ve added some great depth to the squad as we lost some key players from last season’s squad and promotion is the goal as that hasn’t changed from last year.”