Mills claims that the hard work the Nottingham Forest squad puts in over pre-season, will give the squad a fitness level they can maintain and improve on as they look to play the maximum number of games in the forthcoming campaign.
“It’s a very long season. We could be playing 50, 60 games if we play all of the games – If you can get a solid pre-season under your belt, that really gives you a solid base for your fitness over the course of a long season,” he told Forest Player.
Freedman must throw in some caution
Dougie Freedman is an honest manager who will expect full commitment from his players as they put in the hard work increasing their fitness over the next couple of weeks.
He will work his players to the bone, but it’s important that he also exercises a notion of caution to ensure that none of his players are overworked.
The risk with a very intense pre-season schedule is that players who are catching up in terms of fitness are more vulnerable to pick up an injury issue.
That’s something that Freedman can’t allow to happen because he doesn’t benefit from the same resources as some of the club’s rivals in terms of being able to spend and improve the squad.
If a successful season means a very long season for the football club, then it will be worth it if the club can get themselves into a position where promotion into the top flight is possible.