Nigel Adkins hopes the time United spent at Champneys Springs Health Resort recently will have got the players 're-focused' on the challenges ahead in the 2015/16 Sky Bet League One campaign.
Having now returned to Shirecliffe, after also taking the opportunity to utilise specific facilities at Sheffield Hallam University to establish initial fitness levels scientifically, Adkins remarked:
"We got away to Champneys Springs, which has bought us a lot of success over the last nine seasons. It's allowed the players to get re-focused, train hard, recover and it's given us the chance to have meetings with the players to establish how we move forward."
During the time spent at Sheffield Hallam and the four days in their Leicestershire retreat, the application of the squad drew praise from the Gaffer and his coaching staff.
Adkins continued: "The players' attitude has been spot on; there is a genuine honesty about the group and a willingness to do well.
"It's early in pre-season but there are a lot of positive signs. You've got to understand the lads had a 65-game season last term and they have rightly had a good holiday, some have had better one than others and some have got injuries carried over from last season.
"But we have a starting point and, as I said, there's an honesty and willingness to keep moving forward and doing well."
Looking ahead, the Gaffer added: "I'm really excited about the prospect of next season. The players we've got are working hard but last season we didn't score enough at one end and conceded too many at the other, so they are possibly the two areas we need to improve on."