Johnny Russell feels Paul Clement has achieved perfect balance over pre-season training at Derby

Derby County player Johnny Russell has explained what he's finding exciting about life under Paul Clement.

Derby County star Johnny Russell has explained on the club’s official website that the intensity of training sessions under Paul Clement has started to increase.

Russell is enjoying the challenge as the squad prepares for the new Championship season and he’s also suggested that the way sessions have been structured, has made the environment a more enjoyable one for the club’s players.

“The sessions in the first week or so were to bed us back into things, but the workload has really been stepped up in the last few days,” he told

“Every session that we’ve had has been different too so you never know what you’re coming in to.”

“That’s exciting as well but the boys have taken to it and the staff have been brilliant.”

The perfect approach

Clement has effectively mastered the perfect approach to pre-season training and the benefits should be clear once the competitive action gets underway all over again.

It would have been pointless for him to drill his players intensely from the very first day of pre-season training.

It would not have had a positive impact on the players and would have increased the chances of a player picking up an injury problem, so a gradual process is the right way forward.

It’s also encouraging that he’s looked to create an enjoyable and exciting environment for his players to perform in.

Any individual in any job is likely to be much more creative in a situation where pressure doesn’t exist and where there are no burdens to chase.

The variety is also important because it prevents complacency and stops players from failing to give their best in every training session.

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