Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland believes the pre-season trip to Portugal has offered the right balance between training, games and recovery time.
The seven-day European training camp, which has so far included daily double training sessions, pool exercises and circuit training, is twice broken up by friendly games – one of which took place on Tuesday against Braga.
The Owls lost out 3-1 to the Portuguese side and are set to face Hull on Saturday and Kirkland says the week has all the ingredients to get the Owls off on the right foot for the new season.
“The staff have got the training down to a tee, the boys are taking everything on board and the trip has been well worthwhile,” he told swfc.co.uk.
“I’ve been on pre-season trips where we’ve gone away and just trained for ten days and it’s a long time but they’ve broken this one up and we’ve got two games.
“We played on Tuesday and put in a good shift against Braga and it was a good exercise.
“We’ve got another game on Saturday as well against Hull which will be a tough game but I’m looking forward to it.”
On a more personal note for Kirkland, the ex-Liverpool goalkeeper is working hard on the training ground in a bid to match his achievements in 2012/13 next time out.
The Owls’ number one was an ever-present in Wednesday’s Championship campaign last season and the 32-year-old is aiming for more of the same.
He added: “I missed only one training session last season and no games and that is the result of hard work on the training ground.
“I must give credit to the physio staff and Andy Rhodes, the goalkeeping coach, who have been brilliant for me.
“But everybody has. I didn’t realise how big this club was, the fanbase is tremendous they follow us home and away and it’s a privilege to play for this club and I hope to stay here as long as I can.
“We went through a difficult patch last season but we finished like a steam train and hopefully we can take that form into the new season.
“It’s going to be an extremely tough division, very strong teams have come down and with the teams already in the Championship, anybody can beat anybody as we proved last year.
“What we have to do is make sure we hit the ground running to avoid having to play catch-up like last season and I’m confident we can do that.”