Rotherham United boss Paul Warne insists the upcoming overseas training camp will be more than just players putting in the hard yards, as he looks to add some ‘fun’ to the trip in an attempt to further motivate his team ahead of the 2021/22 Sky Bet League One campaign.
Warne, whose trips abroad have garnered a reputation for their character building toughness, admits that he will look to use the camp as an opportunity to strengthen what is already a close-knit group whilst out in Hungary as we all look to try and get smiles back on our faces after the challenges presented to us by the pandemic.
"In fairness, this is probably the first trip that I'm aware that they need to have a bit of fun as well,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
"I feel that when we came back everyone felt a little bit flat after how our season ended. I've got the same group of players who know what we expect out of them as people and as footballers.
“We won't have to laden it with meetings, we'll try and have a bit more of a laugh with them which will be nice.”
In spite of the Millers boss making a conscious effort to lighten the mood during the trip, it will be anything but a holiday with Performance Manager Ross Burbeary having already earmarked a gruelling morning hill run out in Budapest.
Days will once again include that morning test and will be followed – on most occasions – by both a morning and afternoon training session with the footballs.
The Millers also have a friendly booked in with Hungarian opposition on Wednesday which will provide the players with another opportunity to get a run out following Saturday’s annual meeting with Parkgate.
"It will step up. In fairness, the lads are in really good fettle which is good,” Warne added.
"We'll all get up and do our morning runs. Ross has found a 2.5km hill run which the lads are going to really enjoy.
"We'll do that, we'll train in the morning and again later in the afternoon.
"We'll get a game out there and there are two other teams training where we are so we might be able to get another sneaky one in instead of training."