Armand Traore is looking to build a solid base for the season during the ten-day training camp in Florida.
The Reds have endured two tough training sessions in hot and humid conditions at the IMG Academy but the defender knows it is important to lay the foundations early on.
He said: "Everything has been good and we have been working hard. I think we are ahead of schedule but it is only the beginning. Wednesday was a very difficult day and the heat makes it even worse, but everything is going well at the moment and hopefully we can kick on.
"Pre-season is the most important time of the season, for every player. If you can get through pre-season without any injuries, then you have a good base for the rest of the season. In the Championship the fit teams are up there and the manager knows that."
Last season was blighted by injury for Traore and he knows that with a good, injury-free pre-season under his belt he can kick on in the upcoming campaign.
He added: "I didn't really have a pre-season last season and had a big injury against Preston and it was a year to forget to be honest. I didn't think it would be like that and I had another injury towards the end of the season but I think it has made me stronger.
"I worked from the end of the season throughout the summer; I didn't really have any holiday. I feel good and, touch wood, everything goes well and I want to stay injury free and have that base for the season."