After seven weeks of rest and relaxation, the players returned to the training ground at Cottingham on Monday morning to undergo a series of tests under the watchful eyes of the Club’s sports science and medical staff, with defender Stephen Kingsley knowing that the day was an important starting point for everybody ahead of the new Sky Bet Championship season.
“It’s been a good day with all of the different screenings and tests which are all things that need to be done to get us ready for the hard training that I’m sure will follow on,” said Kingsley.
“We need to make sure we’re in the right place physically to be able to handle what is to come. The first couple of days of pre-season are a lot different to what they used to be when I was a young professional – then it was pretty much trainers on and get running – but now it’s a lot more scientific and that is much more beneficial to everybody.
“It’s been nice to have some downtime over the last few weeks, but there comes a time when you get that itch for being back involved and you look forward to getting pre-season underway. We’re at that point now and we can look forward to the start of the season.”
One man taking a keen interest in Monday’s activities was new Head Coach Grant McCann who, along with his assistant Cliff Byrne, met his new charges for the first time and Kingsley is looking forward to working under him.
“I met him early doors this morning and it was great to speak with him,” added Kingsley.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him and seeing the new ideas he will bring with him in terms of how he wants us to play. It’s really exciting.”