Queen's Park Rangers striker Heidar Helguson is preparing himself for a gruelling start to pre-season, saying the hard work starts now for all of Neil Warnock's first team squad after the celebrations at the conclusion of a memorable campaign for the West London club.
As the players reported back for training this morning, Helguson emphasised the importance of knuckling down in a bid to get off to a flying start to their first season in the top flight for 15 years.
"The hard work starts now. It's the first day of pre-season training and I'm not particularly looking forward to the next week or so," admitted Helguson. "But it has to be done.
"It's important that we're in tip-top condition for the first game of the season, because we have to hit the ground running. We cannot afford to not be ready for any of the games - every point counts."
The Hoops return to action off the back of winning the Npower Championship title last year, and Helguson is hoping the squad can carry the momentum into the new campaign.
With an opening day encounter at home to Bolton Wanderers on August 13 - one of Helguson's former clubs - the 33-year-old Icelandic international is hoping his current employers can produce a positive start.
"It's always better if you start at home, but only better if you win," he continued. "It's going to be tough, but you'd pick a home game to start.
"We'll go into next season with no fear. If you have fear, you have no chance. We're going to go out there as we did last season and see where that takes us."
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