The work ethic of the Nottingham Forest players has delighted manager Mark Warburton as pre-season preparations continue.
The players returned to the Nigel Doughty Academy last week to begin their work ahead of the 2017-18 campaign and Warburton is pleased with the work already being done.
He said: “The players returned last week and I am delighted with them in terms of their condition and the way they applied themselves during the off-season. Their condition has allowed us to accelerate the programme by a day or so, so I am delighted with their work ethic.
“The sports science guys and the medical team really control the players at this early stage to get the data we need in terms of where they are right now at their base levels, and we control the loading.
“It means that by the time we go to the US the boys are in a position to work hard and maximise the away trip. So far it has gone very well and I am delighted with their application; we have been increasing the loading day-by-day and they have responded well but there is plenty of work ahead of us.”
The squad heads out to America for a training camp next week and Warburton is looking forward to putting his side through their paces at the state-of-the-art IMG Academy.
He said: “There are many reasons for going to the venue; obviously it is a world-class facility, the gymnasiums are outstanding, the hotel is as well, the food is good for the players and the challenging heat will test them.
“We can give the boys different environments. Very often on pre-season trips they sit there and know what is coming. They know they are going to work hard and lie on a bed and wait for the next batch of work.
“From our point of view, we want to give them a different environment and I took Brentford there at the start of 2014-15 which worked really well so hopefully we can replicate the success of that trip.”