posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 09:19 AM
Everton open their pre-season programme on Thursday night with a practice match against Austrian Second Division side Bad Goisern.
Wayne Rooney will sit the game out as he recovers from a groin strain, as will the other players involved in international duty during the summer, but
David Moyes will be looking to use the rest of his squad at some stage, with Alex Nyarko allocated the number 21 jersey.
One player looking to make an early impression is Kevin McLeod, who agreed a new 12-month contract last week after face-to-face talks with the Everton
At the time McLeod said he was not prepared to stay at Goodison if he felt he did not have a realistic chance of breaking into the first team and
although he is now raring to go, he is still wary about his future prospects at the club.
He said: "Obviously if I don't get in at an early stage of the season then I'll have to look at my options, but when the boss talked to me about the
new contract he said it was the chance to prove myself, so now it is all down to me."