Barnsley’s players can expect to be doing plenty of ball work right from the get-go this summer, according to manager Lee Johnson.
Pre-season training sparks thoughts of endless running and fitness work with no sign of a football at the players’ feet for the first few weeks.
But the Reds boss has his own ideas, and is keen to stress that the players will see lots of the ball from the very start of the pre-season schedule.
“They will get on the ball in the first few weeks,” he said.
“We’ve had checkpoints and they’ve gone very well in terms of the levels of body fat we’ve asked them to maintain, and we’ve fitness tested them throughout the summer at various points as well.
“If they’re physically ready we won’t run them for no reason, we’ll just make sure that we get straight on with the tactical stuff.”
Whilst the players have individually tailored programmes to complete at home, they are not expected to report back at the club’s training ground until the beginning of July.
Johnson checked back in at Oakwell on Monday after a short break, but admitted that football managers can never fully switch off from the task in hand.
“I’ve had a good break, but I’ve been pretty busy working all through the summer,” he said. “I’ve had this family holiday and I really tried to relax on it.
“It’s never easy because you’re always daydreaming and thinking about bits and bobs, but it was nice to get some family time.
“I’m back now, feeling refreshed, and looking forward to the daily grind.”
The Reds will have ten days together on the training ground before their first friendly fixture, away at Stalybridge Celtic on July 11.