Forward embracing change as Town gear towards the new campaign
Freddie Sears says that Blues' return to training has been completely different to anything he has experienced in his career to date.
Town began their preparations for the 2020/21 campaign last week but in much-changed conditions to align with the protocols of stage one return to training.
At stage one, players are not required to undertake regular testing for Covid-19 if all the social distancing and other guidelines are implemented.
The first-team squad have, however, been arriving in their own kit, training in small groups at alloted times and have not been able to access the dressing-rooms, showers, gym, canteen or training ground complex.
Freddie spoke to the Club website about the pre-season experience so far.
"It’s been different," said Freddie. "I’ve never had anything like this in my career before where you train in groups of seven or eight.
"It’s been different but it’s what you’ve got to go by at the minute. We’ve been doing a lot of running and ball work. It’s been enjoyable and it's been tough as well.
"It’s really good to be back. We’ve been off for a long time. It’s good to see all the boys and the staff."
On Friday, the EFL confirmed that the 2020/21 League One season will begin on 12 September, over six months after Town's last competitive fixture.
"It’s been difficult for every player," Freddie continued. "The last game was in March. The dates kept going back and back and then obviously the season got cancelled. It’s disappointing but we’re looking forward to getting going and starting again next season.
"It’s still quite early. A lot of teams probably aren’t back yet. It’s been good to get back and get into the non-contact stuff. Hopefully we’ll have a few pre-season games soon and will be back to playing football and doing what we love doing."