Rewards will come for pre-season intensity says defenderAS Norwich City settle into their base at St George’s Park, Russell Martin says that he believes a busy pre-season schedule will only help the Canaries in the long run.
Neil Adams’ squad returned to full training at the beginning of the week, and are currently in the middle of an intense six-day spell at the National Football Centre near Burton-on-Trent.
A three-match tour of Italy then follows soon after before the Sky Bet Championship season kicks off on August 9, but Martin is embracing the challenge that this time of the year brings.
“There’s no easy way to get fit, so the harder we work now, the more it will benefit us come the end of the season,” he told canaries.co.uk.
“Every footballer will say that they dread pre-season, but once you’re back and once you get going, it’s nice to be back. I enjoy being with the lads.”
New signings Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty are part of the squad in the Midlands, and Martin believes the secluded nature of the FA’s state-of-the-art facility will help them bond with the team quickly.
“When you’re at the training ground, you go and do your own thing after but here you can’t escape each other!” he laughed.
“You’re spending 24 hours a day together and that can only help. As the season progresses, you have to spend a lot of time together.
“That’s a positive, and it’s gives the new lads the chance to bed in nice and early and get to know the players and the staff. It will of course take a bit of time to get used to the new regime, but it’s going really well.”
Martin also praised the high quality of their surroundings, adding: “It’s fantastic. It’s the attention to detail – the pitches are great, the recovery areas with the ice baths, jacuzzi and swimming pool, and the gyms too are outstanding, second to none probably in this country.
“We’re here with the best facilities we can have, so we might as well utilise them all, and the staff are doing their best to make sure that we do!”