Millwall's squad linked up for the opening day of 2020/21 pre-season training on Thursday afternoon - and will fly to Scotland for a pre-season camp next week before three friendly matches back on home soil.
The Lions will cross the border next Tuesday before being put through their paces, with Gary Rowett's side then contesting a trio of matches ahead of the First Round of the Carabao Cup on Saturday 5th September.
Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk on the first day back, the boss explained how the Scotland trip - albeit a short one - will be a vital period in preparing for the big kick-off.
"It's always important to get the players together for a period, even if it's a short one," he said. "It would be easy to do nothing, and it will be hard to go somewhere in Europe given the regulations, so we're going to Scotland.
"It's a really good camp. It's the national training centre, so the facilities are really good. It's an opportunity for Troy [Parrott] to bed into the group and get to know the players a bit more and it's an opportunity to get the work in. I think it will be good for us to get away, just for a few days, and get a sustained amount of work in.
"Once that is done, we are back here and ready to prepare for the season."
Once back in England, three clubs, all varying in their position in the pyramid, will face The Lions.
"The challenges ramp up in terms of the level of opposition, where we end up playing Crystal Palace and then our Carabao Cup game almost as a last friendly. That will be a competitive game that we will want to win, though."
Watch the full interview with Gary Rowett by clicking play on the video above.