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Tuesday July 28, 2009Micah Raring to go!

By William Wood | In General

Micah is back in action and ready to hit the ground running when Manchester City kick off the Premier League season as the new-look side look to break into the top four.

Mark Hughes has been busy throughout the summer, bringing in high-profile players such as Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz in the way of reinforcements.

City endured an inconsistent season last term, an issue that the 21-year old also experienced, but he began to find form in the latter stages of the season.

He continued that form into the European Under-21 Championships with England, performing solidly alongside City teammate Nedum Onuoha, and the defender is now eager to get the season started.

“We’ve made some quality signings already, and given that we already had solid foundations we’re all ready and waiting to start,” Micah said.

“I learnt a lot from last season and hopefully it’s made me a stronger and better player, but I’m going to continue to work on my development over the season.

“Everybody is speaking about the money we’ve spent, but we have to go out there and perform.

“Nobody is assured of their place in the team which keeps everyone on their toes and they know if they perform badly they’ll be out.

“All the top sides have that mentality and with the squad we now have, we do too.

“We also have a good base of home-grown players like myself, Nedum and Stephen Ireland. Stephen was one of the most impressive performers last season which shows the role the young players coming through still have to play.”

Micah missed out on City’s pre-season tour of South Africa having contracted swine flu, but he is in line to return for the side’s fixture with Barnsley on Saturday.