Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander believes having his re-building work almost complete will pay dividends as his squad heads to Austria for a tough week of training.
Town will play two games this week as well as engaging in some high altitude training sessions as Alexander looks to drill his men ahead of another tough League Two campaign.
But as well as the hard work, Alexander sees the Austria trip as a chance for his new look Fleetwood side to bond.
And having his seven summer signings in place before jetting out was crucial for the boss.
He’s hoping it will prove a chance for the team to gel as they spend a whole week in each other’s company.
“They’ve got on great so far but when you go away for a week it’s 24/7,” said Alexander
“They’re in each others pockets morning, evening noon and night.
“It’s a perfect time to do that.
“We didn’t want to do it too early in pre-season because some lads might not have been here.
“But now we’ve got the full squad, or nearly the full squad, ready.”
Town will face a local Austrian side tomorrow before the tougher challenge of APOEL Nicosia on Friday.
But Alexander believes the effort will be worth it.
He said: “They’ll be working hard every day and there are a couple of games out there.
“But through hard work, that’s how bonds are made and kept.”
Fleetwood arrived at their Alpine training base on Saturday and Alexander wasted no time putting his squad to work.
The team took part in a run aimed at loosening the legs after an early start from the North West.
“It was a case of getting the journey and any stiffness out of the legs,” said the Fleetwood boss.
And Alexander explained just what Fleetwood would be doing at their Obertraun base.
He said: “We have a busy schedule starting at 7am and we’ll end up having three sessions each day.
“It’s going to be a hard-working, but enjoyable, week.”
Alexander made former Stevenage captain Mark Roberts his seventh summer signing on Wednesday.
And he revealed to The Gazette his work for the summer, in terms of signings, was almost complete.
He said:“We have got the majority of the squad to be fair.
“There’s just a couple of final touches to be made.”
Town are understood to still be in the market for a defender, with former Manchester City and Burnley man Stephen Jordan and ex-Crawley player Pablo Mills both playing in the pre-season friendly against Northwich Victoria last week.