Robbie Brady is ready to “hit the ground running” and show Burnley fans the form that has made him an Irish idol.
The Clarets wide man has been besieged by autograph hunters and well-wishers at the Clarets training camp in his homeland this week.
That hero worship follows his headline-making headed goal against Italy at the European Championships last summer, which earned Ireland a place in the knock-out stages.
And Brady admits this is a big season for him as he looks to hit the heights at Turf Moor.
“It feels good to be home and it’s been a good pre-season so far,” he told Clarets Player HD.
“We’ve had a great start to the week with the training and I’m really enjoying it and feeling good.
“I wanted to come back in the best shape I could, and it wasn’t only me who wanted that by the looks of things. Everyone looks really fit and raring to go.
“Personally, I feel it’s a big season for me. It was fantastic to bed into such a great group here last season, but it took me a little longer than I expected and it was a little bit frustrating for me, the six months I had.
“It was a bit stop-start, but I feel better now and I’ve had nothing but good thoughts about hitting the ground running and having a great season.
“I feel there’s a lot more to come from me and hopefully I can show that.
He added: “Pre-season is going to be a great benefit to myself and all the new lads who have come in.
“It will gel us all together and the main thing is to start the season well.”
Brady and fellow Irishmen Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward, Jonathan Walters and Kevin Long, are assured of a warm welcome when the Clarets travel the 18 miles from their team hotel to face League of Ireland Premier League side Shamrock Rovers in the first pre-season friendly on Friday night.
All are expected to get a 45-minute run-out against Rovers, who face Czech side Mladá Boleslav in a vital Europa League qualifier at the 6,000 capacity Tallaght Stadium on Thursday evening.
“It’ll be good to play a friendly here in Ireland,” added Dublin-born Brady.
“We know a few of the lads who play on the Shamrock team, so it will be good to see them.
“It’s a great stadium and we will be looking forward to it.
“It’ll be good to get the legs going again and hopefully we can put on a bit of a performance and show people what’s to come in the season.”
Full updates from Friday’s game will appear on the official website and our social media channels.
Highlights of the game will also appear later on Clarets Player HD.