Robbie Brady is determined to make up for lost time as he looks forward to the new season.
Brady’s first season as a Premier League footballer was a mixed one as a flying start gave way to injury frustration in a stop-start campaign.
So to make sure he is fully ready for 2014/15, not only is the Irishman currently pushing himself through the rigours of pre-season training in Portugal, he has also gone through a pre pre-season in the same country just a couple of weeks ago to get himself ahead of the game.
“Training has been great so far,” said Brady.
“We had a couple of weeks out here in Portugal before we started back for pre-season. I needed to do a bit after missing so much of last season – I felt as though I needed a head start.
“I got a fair bit of work done then and I felt strong, there were no problems with the groin. It was the gaffer’s idea to set up a bit of a camp and it was open to whoever felt they wanted or needed to attend. A few of us did it and I’m sure it will stand us in good stead.
“It certainly wasn’t as tough as this week though and the pace has picked up a lot with the manager being around!
“It has been tough from the get-go and there has been no let-up in the intensity of the training over the weekend and into this week. But everybody seems to be flying which is all good.
“You have to look at it as putting fitness into the bank because once it’s there, it’s yours. It might be tough and I’m probably one of the biggest moaners when it comes to it, but it only stands us in good stead.
“It’s an exciting time and as soon as the footballs come out in training, everybody gets a bit giddy!”