David Marshall believes pre-season training has changed for the better since his first campaign in professional football.
The 33-year-old custodian is currently embarking on the 16th pre-season of his career and has witnessed a huge difference in how preparations for a new campaign have changed over the years.
Speaking ahead of this evening’s opening pre-season friendly clash with Maritimo, Marshall said: “It has changed a lot over the years – obviously for the better.
“I think everybody is more clued up these days, especially the fitness coaches who meticulously plan everything we do well in advance so that we know exactly what we’re doing – where and when.
“I still enjoy it, but I still look forward to when it all ends and the games begin.
“The sessions have been tough so far but that’s the way it has to be in order to get our fitness levels up in the first two or three weeks of pre-season and make sure we’re all in tip-top condition for the games programme, which starts tonight.”
Marshall has endured a testing time since arriving from Cardiff City two years ago, starting just three league games in the last 18 months.
However, having been confirmed as Nigel Adkins’ first choice for the spot between the posts in 2018/19, the Scot is eager to push on at the KCOM Stadium.
“The last couple of years has been really, really stop-start for me,” he added.
“It was frustrating to pick up the injury when I did in pre-season last year but I’m just looking to push on now, get a good few games and a lot of 90 minutes under my belt during pre-season and start the new season well.”