Rotherham United players are being put through their paces in Scotland as they look to be one of the fittest teams in the Championship when the new season starts next month.
The Millers have set up camp north of the border for a 12-day tour and the squad and the squad are facing training stints three times a day.
“The tour of Scotland is massively important to us,” said manager Steve Evans.
“We could have gone anywhere in the world but for the last few years I have chosen here.
“The players are having three training sessions a day and we’ll mix that up so it includes some work in the pool and things like that.
“The main thing you have to guard against is boredom.”
The Millers were arguably the best-conditioned team in League One last seaon, with a succession of late goals bearing testimony to how fit they were under the guidance of Evans and his coaches, Paul Raynor and Paul Warne.
Evans places huge emphasis on players’ fitness, with hunger and desire among the first things he looks for in potential new recruits.
The tour, which opened with a 1-0 win against Greenock Morton on Saturday, is a chance for the 11 pre-season arrivals to blend with the promotio heroes of last year.
Evans said: “It’s about the interaction between the players and them getting to know each other.
“They will live together for 12 days and when you spend that amount of time with someone you get to know what they’re about.”
The club have a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek and then matches on Friday, against Falkirk, and Saturday, against Queen o f the South.
Evans added: “They’re a new group and this is a new challenge.
“The fixtures are a key part of that and getting game time into the players is very important because when we come back we’re straight into the Nottingham Forest match and other big friendlies with Doncaster Rovers and Leicester City.”
Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for the club’s opening match of the season, at Derby County on August 9.
The Millers have been given an allocation of 2,600, with 600 being sold yesterday.
Season-ticket-holders have priority (one ticket per season ticket) and any remaining will go on sale to Millers Mayday members who are not season-ticket-holders on Friday July 25
Any left after that will go on general sale on Monday July 28.
Prices: Adults £26.50, over-65s £19 and under-17s £15.