Nigerian forward, Sone Aluko, says Fulham's rigorous pre-season preparations will rub off positively on them ahead of the 2017/2018 English Sky Bet Championship season.
Aluko whose Fulham side missed out of promotion back to the English Premier League in last season's play-offs, stated that the physicality of Fulham’s warm-up will stand them in good stead later in the season.
"It’s been a tough pre-season. They don’t seem to get any easier, the older I get," Aluko told FulhamFCTV.
"It’s been good. We haven’t got a massive squad at the moment, so that makes it even tougher because there’s no hiding place in the sessions, but as pre-season goes on and we’re playing more games I think we’ll get better and stronger."
Fulham will face West Ham in Austria as part of their pre-season preparation and Aluko says he is anticipating a difficult game.
"It’ll be a tough game. To be honest, every game in pre-season’s tough whether it’s a top Premier League or one of the foreign teams or the local teams you play, because you go into the games already tired from the sessions, physically it’s demanding. A lot of the time you are trying to implement and learn new things the manager’s trying to test out, so it’s always tough whether it’s mentally or physically.
Aluko also went on to share some of his experiences from his summer’s ambassadorial work with his foundation that sponsors a youth academy in Lagos.
"I host a competition. It’s called the Ambassador’s Cup and it is linked to a club out in Lagos. The guys have run the club for the last five years, or so.
"For the last three years or so, I’ve hosted a competition, every year it’s grown. It was under-18s this year, eleven a side, eight teams and the winners get cash prizes, kit, gifts, I get to speak to all the boys. Last year and this year again, I went to Lagos University and did a speech just about things I learned from football and how I can help students, so it is just a mix of different things. I get invited to a lot of places and go and represent myself, really, and the club."