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Ricketts urges Bolton colleagues to go away and come back stronger next season

Sam Ricketts believes all the player's need to go away for the summer and reflect on why Bolton were relegated before returning refreshed for an assault on an immediate return to the top flight. "You need to evaluate when things haven't gone to plan, which they obviously haven't this season," the 30-year-old said.

"Obviously disappointment is the overriding emotion right now.

"It's a time to get away and refresh yourself and then look at how to bounce back from this.

"You need to look at yourself first and foremost, what you thought you did well, what you didn't do well, how you can improve so you can step back up to being better than you were before.

"I think that's the attitude you've got to have now.

"When I was a young professional I got relegated with Oxford but it was my first year as a pro and I hardly played that season.

"My career has been on an upward curve for the last eight years or so and this is the first knockback like this.

"It's certainly not the first knockback in my career, I went down to non-league and came back stronger and that's my philosophy in life.

"It was the same when I got injured (he ruptured his Achilles last season and was out for 10 months). I said: 'When I came back I wanted to be better, fitter and stronger than I was before' and that's the challenge as a club.

"Football keeps moving forward so we need to keep evolving as players."

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