Sean Dyche is delighted with his players’ impressive fitness levels just a week into pre-season training.
The club’s Sports Science and physio teams meticulously measure individual fitness levels as training ramps up ahead of the Premier League season, which kicks off in one month’s time.
And as the Clarets prepare for their first friendly of the season away at Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening, Dyche spoke of his admiration for the squad.
He said: “I’m really pleased. It’s still really early but the lads have come back really fit and we’re really happy with the shape they’re in.
“That allows us a bit more freedom to work with them on a more detailed basis, rather than having to work them really hard early on to get their base up.
“Their base fitness is already very good, but I trust my group.
“A lot of teams were back in training last Monday, but we came in on Thursday because I trust the group.
“They had their programmes, they know what their demands are internally and they know from the Premier League.
“There’s a real honesty about the group and I’ve admired that for a long term, so that trust goes into thinking that they’re almost definitely going to come back in good shape and I’m pleased to say they have.”
New signing Jack Cork, Jonathan Walters and Charlie Taylor have eased themselves into the squad during the week-long training camp in Southern Ireland.
And Dyche admitted he was hopeful of more additions in the near future as he continues to remodel his squad for the challenge of another top-flight campaign.
He said: “That side of things (early signings) is getting more difficult. The timing has been important in that clubs want to change things themselves and we’ve managed to use that wisely.
"There’s another couple of situations that may arise, so the earlier the better ideally, but it’s not always the ideal situation.
“The natural progression of any football club is when players come and go - that is just part of the business.
“We’ve remodelled the side a few times since we’ve been here and we’re probably in that process again, or certainly remodelling the squad.
“It’s important the squad has depth and competition, then it’s down to the lads who have shown what they can do already to keep showing that, and down to the new lads to convince me that they should be playing.”