George Honeyman says he has returned for pre-season training with a sense of excitement about the forthcoming Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Last season’s Player of the Year is currently in Scotland along with the rest of his team-mates for a six-day training camp and is ready to take on all of the hard work that pre-season brings as the Tigers prepare for their return to the second tier.
“We were back on Monday morning and then travelled up to Scotland later that day, which I think is a good way to do things because it means you can just have a full week training together whilst also giving the new lads a chance to bed in,” said Honeyman.
“I’m actually one of those sick individuals who enjoys pre-season sessions, and there aren’t many of us who would say that! It’s just a huge buzz to be looking forward to Championship football again.
“It’s going to be a high level of football every week and we’re definitely excited for the season ahead. Hopefully we’ll be looking at big crowds inside stadiums again, and we’re certainly looking forward to playing in front of our own fans on home soil.”
They may be in a different league in 2021/22 but Honeyman is sure that their approach to games will remain the same as the one that brought success in League One last term.
“The Championship is probably the hardest league in the world to predict,” he continued.
“Every game will be a tough one and it’s just about taking them one at a time like we did last season. That puts you in the best position to go out and try to win each game, and you just have to thrive on playing the types of teams we’re going to be facing.
“We’re not here to enjoy playing them, we’re here to try and beat them and we can’t wait for the season to start.”
In terms of his own personal aims, Honeyman admits he would love to be somewhere close to last season’s level of performance when the midfielder contributed 13 assists and scored four times, but says that as long as he is contributing well to the team he will be happy.
“If I can combine my numbers from last season in terms of goals and assists, I feel I can have another successful season but mainly I just want to be playing week in and week out again to help the team have a good season at Championship level,” Honeyman added.
“To do that, we have to get our pre-season work done first and then we can crack on. In football you have to find ways to keep motivated and we have every motivation possible for the new season. We can’t wait for the challenge."