Tony Mowbray admits there could be a few heavy legs on show as Rovers kick off their pre-season programme away at Barrow on Saturday.
The squad has been working hard since returning to training ten days ago, and they'll get their first taste of match action with a trip to face the National League side this weekend.
Mowbray feels the game will be a continuation of the efforts the players have put in at the Senior Training Centre, with the goal of being at their peak fitness come the start of the season on August 5th.
“I think pre-season games are basically just a continuity of the training sessions that they are having really," said Mowbray.
“As we get closer to the first game, you taper it down, so it feels like a matchday preparation, but the early games are just a continuation. It’s basically just another training session for them to get them fit.
“Obviously, the intensity is match intensity, so it’s uncontrolled really, whereas some of the training sessions are controlled, so you can stop it when you need to – you can just blow your whistle and start again.
“In a game, you need to be reactive all the time. So it's the first one of them. It's the next training session. We'll see how their loads are.
“I'm anticipating them being quite tired and a bit leggy, but that's okay. We'll keep working on our shape, we'll give everybody a game, I'm sure it will be a tough match, but it’s good to get started.”
It is pay on the day on Saturday at Barrow, Rovers fans should access the stadium via the E & F away turnstiles for both the terrace and seated sections of the stadium. Kick-off is at 3.00pm.
Admission prices are £10 Adults, £6.00 over 65s, £6.00 18–22 year-olds, £2 for Juniors aged 12-17, and free for Under-12s.