Kasey Palmer is happy with the progress he has made during his first pre-season with the Sky Blues after he found the net against Walsall.
The former Chelsea midfielder, who joined Coventry from Bristol City during the summer, opened the scoring against the Saddlers on a baking hot evening at the Poundland Bescott Stadium.
Mark Robins' players were put through their paces in the testing conditions but came out on top with a 3-0 win.
"It was tough. I was so excited to get a drink at the water break," he has said, reflecting on Tuesday's outing.
"It's good to play it those conditions and we got what we needed out of the game.
"It was also good to get my first goal. It's nice to get that out of the way and hopefully I can build on that going into the new season."
Palmer counts plenty of pre-season minutes with the new season fast approaching as he makes solid progress following a difficult 2021-22 season.
However, the 25-year-old admits there is still a long way to go until he can show his very best to Sky Blues fans.
"It's been tough; It's been a hard pre-season, like any pre-season is," he said, commenting on the strides he has taken.
"I'm getting there. I am starting to feel sharper in the games but I'm still far from where I can be.
"Hopefully I can get there quickly. I hope it doesn't take long but it has been a long time since I last played consistently.
"It is just about rebuilding and trying to get the fitness levels up as soon as possible - and working hard!"
He added: "Last season was very frustrating but the Gaffer has given me lost of support early doors, to help me to get back to my best. That's what I wanted and that's what I'm getting."