Lewis Grabban knows that putting in plenty of hard work during Nottingham Forest’s pre-season training camp in Spain will only serve the side well for the new season.
The forward, who joined the club last week and has settled in well with his new teammates, believes that the trip abroad is the perfect way to bed himself in to his new team.
He said: "Things are good and it has been a good trip so far. I am settling in nicely.
"I have settled in well and quickly. When you get to go away on pre-season tour you settle in quickly, lots of time together and a lot of bonding so that helps.
"Training has been difficult with the heat. The sessions haven't been too bad, but with the heat it is tough. The heat saps your energy but it has been all good though.
"That is exactly what this trip is about. Putting in the work to build a base for the season and hopefully that will help us at the start of the season."
The Reds got their first taste of match action on Wednesday evening when they took on Lincoln Red Imps, and with another match lined up for Saturday, Grabban hopes to get some minutes under his belt.
"The first game was a little bit too soon," he said. "I have only trained three or four days so I just wanted to be careful not to pick up any early injuries so hopefully in the next game I can get some game time.
"There is competition for places and that is healthy. It is good to have players to pick from and compete with and ultimately that will raise the standard of the squad."