Darren Fletcher has warned his West Brom team-mates they must be “mentally right” for the gruelling summer training camp in Austria.
The Baggies squad are heading back to the Austrian resort of Irdning for a week-long pre-season programme, where boss Tony Pulis and his team of coaches will put the players through their paces.
They will face triple training sessions, tough hill runs and performance analysis sessions, and Fletcher says the players must be prepared for a very challenging week, having experienced a similar schedule 12 months ago.
“We know it’s going to be tough,” Fletcher said on the club’s website. “The ones who were here last year have come prepared for it.
“You have to get yourself mentally right for this week. The manager’s ideas are about strengthening your fitness in the early stages of pre-season so all the players have to buy into that and it gives us a good base for when we go into the speed and agility work.
“It’s always good to know what you are going into. If you are going into the unknown then you can scare yourself or even underestimate the workload.
“It’s a very difficult week, it’s mentally challenging because we are up very early in the morning and we have to keep digging in to get to the top of those hills.
“To have all the lads together will be good and we will all be looking to build our core fitness which we hope will guide us through the season.”