Burke has explained the squad have been given an indication by manager Dougie Freedman, that the Scot wants them to work on the way they are gelling as a team, with communication at the front of everything they’re doing in pre-season.
Burke was also unafraid to talk about the prospect of the club getting into the Premier League, suggesting it’s important they at least give themselves a chance of pulling off that achievement.
“What we can do is gel better. Learn each other’s game better and understand on the pitch what we’re doing with each other and the communication can be better,” he told BBC Radio Nottingham.
“That’s obviously what the manager wants us to work on this season, as well as us playing better as a team – We didn’t achieve what we wanted to achieve last season – We have to make sure we give ourselves a chance of getting into the Premier League.”
Team spirit is everything
If Forest have been working on the way they communicate and interact as a team, then it should have created a much better team spirit running throughout the side.
What would have helped is that so little of the squad has changed when looking back to last season.
Forest haven’t been able to throw a lot of cash at new players, which has allowed the same sort of squad to stay together, with a few tweaks and fresh faces in key areas.
Team spirit is everything because it’s going to help in the situations over the next few months, where the team is under real pressure in matches where they are struggling and need to pull through.