The start of the new Premier League season may still be more than five weeks away but Corry Evans insists the work to earn a place in the starting eleven for the first match of the season has already started.
Evans was amongst the players who returned for pre-season testing at the end of last week and the midfielder says that session at the University of Hull was the start of the road in preparing for the season’s opener against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“That first day is the start of the road to the first game,” said Evans.
“You have to come back to work in decent shape these days and this is the time when you get tested.
“It’s all started now and this is where you have to start proving that you’re worthy of a place in the team.
“We’ve got a pretty special game to start with away at Chelsea and that is going to be a great occasion.
“I’m looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve got the chance to play at the stadiums you dream of as a boy.”
Evans will join his team-mates for the first outdoor training session of the summer today and the Northern Irishman says it will be great to be back out on the training pitches again after a two-month break.
“Most of us have had a good break now and we’ve been itching to get back here for the last couple of weeks,” added Evans.
“I’m sure there’ll be plenty of hard running in the first few days and although not many enjoy that, we know that it will do us good in the long run.
“I think we’re all looking forward to the footballs coming out though!”