Pools winger Jack Compton has revealed that the squad are looking in top condition after a tough pre season so far.
Jack Compton has admitted that the regime of hard work on the training ground in the opening weeks of pre season has come as no surprise to him.
The winger worked with Colin Cooper during a loan spell at Bradford City when the Pools boss was in temporary charge so had an insight in to his methods on the training pitch.
And while the 24-year-old says it’s been very demanding on the body, he revealed that the squad are all enjoying life under the new regime.
“I obviously knew what training would be like with Coops but all the lads seem to be enjoying it,” Compton explained.
“The lads seem to have really taken to him in training – as I said when I signed, he’s strict but fair and he makes training really enjoyable so you want to do it and you want to learn.
“He’s worked us hard during training; hopefully the weather will down a bit though because after today's session we all looked like we'd been in a swimming pool!
"On Thursday we did twelve 200m runs which was really tough but the gaffer is pleased with the times we’re doing it in.
“He even said he may have to look at working us even harder because we’re looking so good at the moment!
“Everyone has been lifted by the quality of training though and we literally can’t wait for the start of the season.”
Compton is well aware of the team’s troubles in front of goal last term but insists there have already been positive signs that Pools can be more of a threat in the new campaign.
And with the onus in training being on making sure you’re ready to attack the opposition, the summer signing says his hopes are high that the team can find a greater cutting edge in the final third.
“Quite a few of the players have said to me that training has been excellent so far and that it’s specifically focused on taking the team forward and attacking more.
“We’re definitely looking to draw a line under the problems the team had to score goals last season and working hard on finding positions from which we can threaten more.
“We have been using me, Franksy and Monks on the wings; we’ve been switching it around and the gaffer has told us he wants us to get in to good areas, be clever around the box instead of hesitating and make sure final ball is in to the right area.
“Everything in training is geared to being positive in possession, even down to receiving the ball with the right body shape to take you forward because if you’re going backwards you can’t score goals.”