With the 2019/20 Sky Bet League Two season now less than a fortnight away, we caught up with midfielder Michael Rose to get his take on pre-season to date.
The squad have certainly been put through their paces since reporting back for training and as such, the summer break must now seem light years away now -
"Yeah, it does seem a long way away now.
"But the lads have been working hard since they have come back in as we get ready for the start of the season.
"I think that you can have a couple of weeks off over the summer, but obviously coming back into pre-season, you have to be ready to go. So you need to look after yourself to make sure that you are ready."
As well as an early testing session, the lads have been put through some gruelling programmes as we prepare for August 3rd and we asked Michael how he was finding it -
"I am feeling fit and feeling good.
"We've slowly built up into getting ready for the start of the season. I think that we are going to step it up a bit more over the next week or two though to make sure that we are ready for Exeter."
In addition to this, the lads have completed three friendly matches over the last few weeks - all of which contained encouraging signs -
"I thought that we played well in parts, with a few mistakes that can happen in pre-season when you are getting back into the swing of things.
"I think that it's more about fitness over pre-season - no matter what the results are.
"You have have got to get your minutes in and get ready for the start of the season and hopefully we can start this year a lot better than we started last year!"
With much of our attention focused on the trip to St James" Park, we asked Michael whether he enjoys this time of year or whether the trip to Exeter can't come soon enough -
"I don't think that anyone enjoys pre-season. It's tough, but it's got to be done.
"You get your work done in pre-season just to prepare you for the whole season really."
Finally, we asked Michael whether we can approach the new campaign with an element of optimism -
"Yeah, definitely. If we get off to a good start it will give us a chance of finishing a lot higher than we did last season and hopefully we can all enjoy it."