Everton have reported back for training and new boss Ronald Koeman says he is excited to start his work with the players.
The former Southampton boss joined in the summer after the dismissal of Roberto Martinez but this will be the first time he has had all the players together, minus those who were on international duty, and he is looking forward to making a start.
This week the work will be done at the club’s training camp before the squad sets off for Austria in a week’s time.
Koeman told Everton tv: “I’m very much looking forward to getting down to work.
“I’m extremely full of energy after a long summer and the players have had a lot of holidays as well.
“That’s one of the reasons I decided to change the date for starting the pre-season because it was planned in for 7 July and we changed it to 4 July because I think the best pre-season is five or six weeks of planning.
“After a long holiday, the boys need to work and to get back fit to play football.”