Neil Critchley has admitted the changes to training brought in to prevent the spread of Coronavirus has presented a fresh opportunity for players to do more individual and small group work.
EFL regulations permit players to train in small groups only on their return to training, and Critchley feels this has had a positive impact on the group.
“It gives us a chance to do more individual and small group work, which at the early stage of pre-season is no bad thing at all,” he said.
“It made things a little more personal with the group which has helped to build up relationships, especially with the new lads that have come in. I think to have that time on our return has been really enjoyable.”
With the five new additions to the team, Critchley feels his squad is now taking shape and is delighted with the early business he has been able to do.
“They’ve integrated into the group really well,” he said.
“I think we’ve got good people at the Club from top to bottom – within the squad, coaching staff and non-playing staff, and that is a real help.
“It’s been a pleasing start since our return and we’re looking forward to continuing the progress we have made over the coming weeks.”