Lee Trundle signs in with his first Pro-Life blog of the season.
By Lee Trundle
Last Updated: 18/10/07 3:41pm
Well it has taken a bit of time, but I am pleased to finally bring my first blog of the new season.
It goes without saying how pleased I am to be linking up again with skysports.com, but where do I start? Things are certainly a bit different for me now.
As you will know I was transferred in the summer as I moved from Swansea and signed for Bristol City.
It all happened very quickly really, like most of you I first read about rumours in the papers, then it turned out to be true and I was down talking to Bristol.
It was not an easy decision, given how happy I was with Swansea and I talked to my friends and family about it before making my choice - but my ambition to play at a higher level was always there.
But I thought about it and thought it was right and I have now moved to Bristol and will be moving into a new house early next year, as I am keen to get settled as quickly as possible.
To the season, and we have started as well as we could have hoped and probably better than most, but as soon as I came it was evident that the talent was here.
Personally I have been pretty pleased with how things have gone, I have opened my account and am getting used to the play.
Many people suggest that the higher you go up the leagues the more time on the ball you get, but I don't know whether it is because the season is still in its early stages, because I have not found this to be the case.
I think some of it is down to the planning and preparation that goes into the game at this level.
There is the Pro-Zone system, which I think every club in the Championship has now, and that just analyses everything about the game and tells the opposition who is passing, tackling, creating and doing all the damage - so I don't think any team will ever give somebody who wants time, the time to do any damage.
The one real difference at this level is the high quality, in League One and Two, you would face a lot of teams who were more than happy to play direct - but in the Championship most teams have some sort of quality and are prepared to play football against you.
Also some people have already questioned me about whether I am willing to fight for my place etc, but I did not even think twice about being on the substitutes bench when I was rested recently.
I just see it as being part and parcel of football, look at Fernando Torres at Liverpool - he cost over £20million and finds himself on the bench.
Sweet on Toffees
Speaking of Liverpool - I will most definitely be keeping one eye on the Merseyside derby next week. As a big Toffees man I will be looking for the boys to win it, as I think they are more than capable of doing.
I think Everton have started the season well and are looking good, but I feel they really need to keep hold of Mikel Arteta - he is such a wonderful player and is key to their hopes.
I obviously will not be at Goodison, but I will hope to be getting down there a few times this season as I normally do get the chance to go and I always really enjoy myself - especially as they seem to be winning so much at the moment!