Brighton & Hove Albion striker Sam Baldock has praised the club's medical department and feels he is almost back to 100 percent full fitness, following the knee injury which curtailed last season.
Speaking from the club's pre-season training camp in the French Alps, he told seagulls.co.uk, "It's a credit to the club's medical staff who were in with me during that time, as I took up a lot of their time over the summer.
"I feel good, I've taken part in 95 percent of the sessions and the medical staff have taken me out and made me rest when needed, but overall I feel good, I feel stronger and sharper than I thought I would be."
Baldock has also given Albion's pre-season tour a thumbs up. The players are based in the French Alps, at high altitude, and the striker says the stay in the resort has been very beneficial.
"It's very rare for anyone to be able to do your job with such an outrageous backdrop. The scenery where we are is amazing and there has been plenty to do during our down time.
"It's tough, being at high altitude, you really can feel the thinning of the air and it's been a gruelling start with early starts and late finishes, but I think everyone is benefitting from it for the better. We're coming along nicely and we know we've got four weeks to peak.
"On the rare occasions we do get some free time, the boys are venturing out. What's pleasing to see is that we enjoy each other’s company so we want to be hanging out together and that makes the time pass.
"We've been going out as a group, having a coffee or hot chocolate, and it's been great. The staff, players and everyone who is here has enjoyed each other’s company. We're getting closer as a group and for me, I feel it’s something we needed."
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Albion boss Chris Hughton has said he plans to use Baldock in a more central role this season, after using the former Bristol City man on the left wing last season, but he says he knows he faces stiff competition for a place in the side.
"I don't know what role the gaffer has planned for me, because we've not done any shape or had any games just yet, but it's nice to see that he has faith in me in terms of adjusting to positions.
"Ideally, I like to play down the middle, scoring goals and creating opportunities for other people. Hopefully those opportunities will come this season, but I'm not taking anything for granted because there is so much talent in the team.
"From what I've seen from Tomer [Hemed], he looks like a good player; he likes to work within the 18-yard box, he's got a good presence and he's got good feet as well. I've no doubt he will be able to hold the ball up.
"We've got other players like Chris [O'Grady] and Adrian [Colunga] and I'm sure the squad is not complete yet either. We have the ability to mix it up where one could go short and another can find a bit of space."