After a difficult day hill-running, left-back Blair Adams believes the fitness levels are surprisingly good...
Coventry City left-back Blair Adams believes the Sky Blues will be the 'fittest team in the league' as the squad continue to prepare for the 2013/14 League One season.
The 21-year old was left frustrated at the end of last season having picked up a knee injury during the 1-0 home defeat to Yeovil Town in February.
He made a return to the first team in the last game of the season, a 2-2 draw at Notts County, and he admitted he is eager to get going again.
Adams said: "The injury was disappointing really as I was playing regularly and it stopped me in my tracks. I was able to recover in time for the last game of the season which I suppose was good.
"As a player, you want to play as many games as possible so making the Notts County game was a definite plus. I just want next season to start and get going again.
"Hopefully, I will stay injury-free and play more games this year. I have already got my eye on the first game of the season.
"We have got Nuneaton coming up and that will be a good test for us to see where we are at in preparation for next season."
The players were taken to Elmdon Park near Solihull today (Thursday) for an intense session of hill-running to improve their strength and conditioning.
Adams admitted it was a tough session but comments on how it can improve the team spirit and mentality, not just the fitness.
He continued: "It was a real tough session on the hill runs today but it surprised me how well everyone coped with it.
"The fitness levels are extremely high for the first week of pre-season which is really encouraging and I believe, with the direction we are heading in at the moment, we will be the fittest team in the league next season.
"You have to get through those sort of tough sessions because you always feel better for it after. One or two might have found it very tough but we are all in it together and managed to get through it in the end.
"You saw the team spirit come through really because as soon as there was one or two struggling, everyone gave everyone plenty of encouragement and we got through it together.
"At the end, everyone was high-fiving each other as we knew we had come through a tough day."