Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash says the pre-season trip to Spain has been a hugely beneficial one for the players as they get to learn more about head coach Sabri Lamouchi.
The team spent six days training in the Algorfa heat with temperatures exceeding 32 degrees in some sessions and Cash believes that will only help the squad as they prepare for the start of the new Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Speaking to iFollow Forest, he said: "It has been really good. We've taken on lots of new ideas and training methods from the head coach which have been good and we've really enjoyed it. Obviously training in the heat is tough but it has been a brilliant week.
"The gaffer has a great identity in how he wants to play football and he's trying to drill some different methods into us to get us to play the way he wants. Even though it's early days, I'm learning a lot from him on how to play different styles of football so it has been good.
"Once you've had four or five days training in the heat you tend to get used to it and it has been good for the lads to have a change of scenery for training so it has been a really enjoyable week for all of us."
There are now less than four weeks to go until the season opener against West Bromwich Albion at The City Ground and Cash says he and his teammates are working flat out to ensure they are in the best possible condition for a tough clash against Slaven Bilic's side.
He said: "The gaffer has made it clear that we've got four weeks to work really hard and get ourselves in the best possible shape for that first game of the season. We're all excited for the start of the season now because that's what you work so hard for and I'm sure it'll be a fantastic atmosphere at The City Ground for the West Brom game.
"We know every game in this division is difficult because they're generally matches against other big clubs. All we can do though is focus on our preparations and our build-up and make sure that we're ready to go once it kicks off on 3rd August."