The players returned for the start of pre-season on Monday morning and Manager Keith Hill explains what is in store for them before they head to Tenerife for their training camp on Thursday.
“It’s going to be very difficult, the first three days is endurance work,” said Hill. "But as well as it being a physical endurance it’s a mental endurance. It gives me a great chance to see what the players’ mental capabilities are and when they might hit a brick wall.
“Some might get buried as other players trample on top of them, but I’m looking for most of the players to rise to the challenge of seeing what potential they have when they hit rock bottom. I mean emotionally, physically and mentally because of a lot of different variables, so it is going to be interesting.”
He continued: “You could probably make your mind up after the first three days which players will let you down and which players won’t let you down during times in matches where you are toe to toe, who is at breaking point, whether we can withstand momentum from the opposition, whether we can change momentum, who is going to roll their sleeves up, who is going to duck and dive and who is going to go away.
“We’ve got to change that mentality because last season when we did concede goals we tended to concede two maybe three. It wasn’t very often when we came back from a losing situation and we won a game, so I’m looking for the mental strength to improve. The first three days will give me a big indication of the players’ characters.”