Three days into their week-long training camp in Austria, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he is delighted with the start his squad has made in pre-season over the past week.
Albion landed on Saturday and will spend seven days in the Alps, as they continue their Premier League preparations, and they begin their match schedule their first Friendly on Friday evening against Fortuna Dusseldorf at Sportplatz St Ulrich.
Hughton said, "It's very good out here, and exactly what we came for. It's higher altitude but the main thing is that it's a very concentrated training environment for the players. The facilities at the hotel are excellent, with a spa and gym.
"They are used to having teams here at the hotel, and in the winter it is used for skiing and it is a similar environment we experienced pre-season in Tignes two years ago - and so far the weather has been very good.
"The main thing is the training camp environment. We have been working hard, doing three sessions each day. One early in the morning, another mid-morning and then another either in the gym or football session in the afternoon."
Meanwhile Hughton says he is pleased for two of his players, the departing Elvis Manu and new father Beram Kayal, for differing reasons.
"I am delighted for Elvis. There are always two sides to a situation like the one Elvis has been in. From our side it didn't work out as we had hoped, but it is always very difficult for the player.
"Generally he conducted himself very well, but it is very frustrating when you have been here as long as he has, and had as little football as he has had.
"A good result for Elvis was finding somewhere he could kickstart his career. The good thing for him is that he is still very young and he had played a lot of games before we signed him. So it is a good one for all concerned and we wish him well, because he was a popular lad here.
"Beram is now out here with us in Austria, and it was very good timing. He has missed very little training - but more importantly everything is fine and he and his wife had a little boy, and I am really pleased for him and his family."