Head coach Mark Kennedy says he has been impressed by his players’ attitude and application on the training pitch ahead of Saturday’s season opener against Exeter.
After a gruelling pre-season which Kennedy admits has tested his squad physically, he says he is delighted with the effort the group have put in ahead of the new season.
He said: “I’ve gone really big in trying to implement my style on the current group. I’ve been really impressed; the buy-in from the players has been phenomenal, they’ve given everything that I’ve asked of them.
“I’ve laughed and joked with them because they might well hate it, but from a coach’s point of view looking at it, they have given and tried absolutely everything that I’ve asked of them, sometimes to the extreme!"
With plenty of changes on and off the pitch with ambitions to build on last season’s finish, Kennedy says the new faces have settled into the squad nicely in time for the season opener.
He added: “We’ve got a good group of players and the players we’ve brought in, we identified them as being very good before they came in, and they’ve shown that as well.
“The transition is always hard for anybody when you’re coming to a new club, it was quite funny on the first day we told the players to make the new guys feel welcome, and I’m stood there telling them this thinking I’m in the same boat!
“Football is a brilliant environment, it braces you in and it can be really positive, and I think our players have made it really easy for those guys.”