Norwich City summer recruit Christoph Zimmermann says a relentless beginning to life with the Canaries is serving him well.
The German central defender has completed the full match of both City's pre-season games so far, being the only player in Daniel Farke's squad to have done so.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk following Saturday's win at Lowestoft Town, Zimmermann said: "I didn't expect to have 180 minutes on the pitch.
"Pre-season is hard, and the training inbetween is hard. Even though I didn't expect to play all of two matches, it's been fun.
"At the end of a match you might feel sore but when you're happy to be here, when you want to play, you can do it."
Zimmermann's transition to life in Norfolk is eased somewhat by the presence of Farke, who managed him when the pair were at Borussia Dortmund II.
"Most of the drills we do with Daniel, I already know from there," the 24-year-old explained.
"He is making some adjustments for players here, although for myself personally it is good. It's a learning process for me, being in different surroundings, but I like it.
"I'm used to the long and intense sessions. In pre-season that will be the same at most clubs but I think we have a really smart coach here."