Stuart Dallas: Hopefully the hard work will show at the start of the season

Stuart Dallas:  Hopefully the hard work will show at the start of the season

Winger on pre-season.

Stuart Dallas spoke to as pre-season got underway at Thorp Arch.

The majority of the squad, barring a number of those who played international matches over the summer, returned for training on Monday.

Northern Ireland duo Dallas and Bailey Peacock-Farrell were an exception to this, both taking the decision to report back for day one, in order to be as fit as possible for the new campaign.

Dallas revealed what he is expecting from the next few weeks and also spoke about representing his country.

“It is good to see everyone again, all of the lads have come back in good spirits and there have been a few changes and improvements at the training ground as well, which is nice,” said Dallas.

“It was pleasing to get the two wins with Northern Ireland, it sets us up well now with 12 points from the first four games and the big teams in Germany and Holland coming up.

“You sacrifice a lot to be available and be ready for the games in June, which is difficult because your season finishes earlier, so it was great to get the results we wanted.

“It is important to relax and let your hair down a little bit too, it only feels like yesterday we were here (at Thorp Arch), but it’s nice to be back and we’re all ready to go again now.

“Pre-season is always tough, it has to be as it sets you up to get in good shape for the start of the season and throughout the campaign.

“By putting in the hard work now, hopefully it will show at the start of the season.”