Defender anticipates tough few weeks of fitness workAlan Dunne began his 17th pre-season training schedule as a Millwall player this morning, and expects this one to be as tough as any he has experienced before.
Today Dunne and his team-mates underwent standard weight and body fat percentage tests before taking part in some gruelling fitness exercises, and have another day of intensive work at Calmont Road on Friday before flying to Portugal on Sunday for a week-long training camp.
"It's exciting to be back amongst the lads again, meeting some of the new boys and settling back into training," Dunne told millwallfc.co.uk
"I didn't really want the season to end after going eight games unbeaten. It was a miraculous recovery from where we were but we had to have the break and personally I feel well rested after six weeks off.
"The main point of pre-season is of course getting fit but as well we'll be spending a lot of time working on different strategies, formations and patterns of play. That's so important."
Of Ian Holloway's three summer signings so far, two - Carlos Edwards and Byron Webster - are defenders, and Dunne is relishing the competition for places.
"Every year is the same with new faces coming in to help the squad," he said. "I think they're both good players and will help us go on to achieve something. It's important that players are battling for positions in the team, that's what all good sides have, and I'm looking forward to it."
The 31-year-old ended 2013/14 playing regularly as a central defender for the first time in his career, and believes boss Ollie will look at that as an option moving into the new campaign.
"I think the manager liked me playing as a centre-half and felt that me and (Mark) Beevers worked well together," Dunne said. "We beat some of the top teams in the League in that eight-game unbeaten run and I felt good there. The manager will assess things, I'm sure, and it is up to me to keep working hard in training."