Alcaraz looking forward to next season

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Antolin Alcaraz is aiming for a more successful second season with Everton after admitting that his first year at the club was "one to put behind me."

The 31 year-old followed Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic last summer on a free transfer but suffered a stop-start pre-season before eventually undergoing hernia surgery that kept him out of action until the end of December.

On a personal level, it's one to put behind me, Paraguayan said of last season in which he made just seven appearances. It's one to forget almost as it's been full of negatives. The frustration as a player is that an injury stops you doing what you most enjoy.

It's almost like it is taking your liberty away from you and you become a prisoner in your own situation. But it's gone now and it's not worth looking back and feeling sorry for yourself. You have to look ahead, be positive and I'm looking forward to next season and hoping for better things."

Alcaraz made his debut for the Blues against Southampton in the final match of 2013, regaining fitness at the right time for Martinez as Phil Jagielka and then Sylvain Distin succumbed to injury over the busy Festive period.

He found the adjustment required by a return to full Premier League and FA Cup action difficult, though, suffering muscle fatigue that would limit his availability until the later stages of the campaign.

I took solace in that I was able to play a few games towards the end of the season and physically I came through those okay, and that is promising for next season," the centre-half continued. What I want more than anything is to make sure that I am 100% fit, totally free from injuries and have the chance to do what I do.

Alcaraz has every intention of winning a full-time place in Everton's back line as he jostles for selection with Jagielka, Distin and the season's emerging star, John Stones, and he remains determined to win silverware with the Blues.

I've had a long career in football and at my stage the key is to want to improve every day and continue to feel like you want to get better," he said. "That doesn't just mean I'm content with improvement — I want to win titles and win everything that I take part in. It was the same when I played in a World Cup — I wanted to win that if we could.

When you are a competitor and a professional sportsman it's all about winning. Yes, I know we can't win every time but the key is to give it your best on every occasion.

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo

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