Ryan Flynn says there is a real optimism amongst the players ahead of the 2014/15 season.
The 25-year-old believes United's successful second-half to last term was largely down to Nigel Clough's management style and his desire to allow his players the opportunity to express themselves.
Flynn, who signed a new two-year contract before the end of the last campaign, revealed: "Nothing is over complicated at all. You are given a job to do and then expected to try and do your utmost to achieve it.
"The Gaffer is demanding but in a good way and, like the rest of his staff, enjoys a laugh and a joke. When it's time to work, though, your are expected to apply yourself properly which is the way it should be.
"I think the rest of the lads will back me up when I say that although it's tough the training is really enjoyable. Together with the mood around the place, is why we all look forward to coming in every single day."
The Scotsman insists the players are already braced for a gruelling pre-season campaign, adding: "All of the lads who have worked with the Gaffer before have left us in no doubt what to expect. They made it pretty clear to the rest of us that it is going to be really, really tough.
"To the point that some of us might have never experienced anything like it before. But, to be honest, I think that's a positive. It means, hopefully, that we'll be able to hit the ground running and be ready to go on 9 August."