Mitch Husbands is back in training earlier than ever, as he aims to hit the ground running for Worksop Town’s 2015/16 NCEL Premier title charge.
The striker, who hit the net 13 times last season, has no problem with Mark Shaw’s tactic of keeping the players involved in training throughout the summer break.
He said: “We’ve all been doing bits to keep ourselves in shape.
“I’ve done some fitness work to get myself ready so I can hit the ground running.
“It’s the earliest I’ve ever been back to pre-season, but it’s good to keep the lads together, we don’t mind it to be honest.
“Plus it’s only once a week for now so it’s alright, not too tiring just yet.”
Husbands suffered with an injury sustained against Heanor towards the end of the last campaign, and will be looking to get back to full match fitness.
He believes preparation is key for Tigers this summer, insisting their bid to win the title will begin during the pre-season fixtures.
“All the lads are looking forward to kicking on next year, starting with the friendlies,” he said.
“They give us a chance to test ourselves and see where we are, and what we need to work on.
“This season is all about promotion so we need to be ready.”
And he’s got his eye on one game in particular as a highlight of the pre-season schedule.
“I’m looking forward to the away friendly at Dunston.
“They’re good side for us to play against, plus we have our players night out after in Newcastle which should be good.”
Fellow first team player Tom Elliott, who walked away with almost all of the end of season awards thanks to his 2014/15 performances, says the fans are just as vital to Worksop’s chances as the players.
The Carlton-in-Lindrick youngster called on the world’s fourth oldest club’s fanbase to get involved with the Team500 membership scheme again.
“Thanks to all the fans that voted for me at the end of last season,” he said.
“Keep coming and supporting us, with your vocal backing it helps us put the effort in on the pitch and win matches.”
“All of us lads wouldn’t be as good as we are on the pitch without the fans, if you all get behind us with Team 500 again it’ll be a big help as we try and win stuff this year.”
And by stuff, the midfielder who was voted Players’ Player of the Year, and picked up the President’s Trophy for the most improved player, means all the competitions they enter.
He explained that manager Shaw has set his stall out early, and clearly, as to what he expects from his young squad next season.
“This year we want to try and win everything we’re involved in, we aren’t going to turn up to a game and not try, every game is important and the boss has made that clear to us,” added Elliott.