Charlie Austin has stressed the importance of the opening few days of pre-season.
The Saints striker was back at Staplewood today for another demanding day of tests, including the dreaded yo-yo.
“Yesterday was alright but today was tough” explained Austin.
“We did the yo-yo endurance test which is the norm, as well as a few other tests in the Academy gym.
“For me, I just want to stay fit throughout the season and this is an important time to set the basis for that.”
Despite enjoying some time away from the pitch, the Saints squad have still had a strict plan to follow over the summer.
And Austin explained that, despite the much-deserved resting time, the players know the importance of returning in good shape.
“You have to make sure you maintain yourself over the summer,” he continued.
“You need that break both physically and mentally, but you have to keep ticking over to come back and do the yo-yo.
"It’s the same every year, it’s tough. But you know the international lads have been playing pretty much the whole way through June, so you have to be ready.”