Jordan Williams believes he’s coming into this pre-season better prepared, as he now knows what to expect, having spent his first 12 months in professional football.
The 25-year-old joined Rochdale from Barrow last summer and made 19 appearances for Keith Hill’s side before going out on loan to League Two play-off hopefuls Lincoln City.
“I just needed a bit of game time, and that’s why the Gaffer wanted me to go out on loan,” said Williams.
“The best way to get fit is to play games. I wasn’t fit enough last year, so I’ve come into pre-season in better shape this time, and I want to make sure I’m fit and ready for the start of the season.
“I’m going to find myself a bit down the pecking order with having been out on loan, but I want to force my way into the Gaffer’s plans.”
At the end of day two, having finished four sessions in Tenerife, he admits he’s feeling good.
“I’m warm, a little tired, but good. You feel good after all the sessions, because you know you’re reaping all the benefits.”
Williams has recently become a Dad, welcoming little Harry Raymond Williams into the world at the end of June.
So, what’s tougher… pre-season or tending to a new born baby?
“Being a Dad is the best feeling in the world,” he beamed, before laughing and saying “A new born baby is more tiring than pre-season – he keeps you up at night!”