Darragh Lenihan says the gruelling pre-season fitness work has put the squad in good stead, and admits the focus is all on the tactical side of things ahead of next weekend's season opener against Ipswich Town.
The talented defender has been in fine form this summer, scoring a couple of goals against Port Vale and Everton as well as playing his part in a trio of clean sheets along the way.
Rovers will have been buoyed by the latest victory against the Toffees, pre-season or not. The 3-0 win against Marco Silva's was an extremely accomplished display from Tony Mowbray's outfit, who look well set heading into the trip to Portman Road in early August.
“The lads were saying how Austria feels a long time ago now. But we’re all ready to go and we want to be in that pressured environment. As a group we’re ready and looking forward to Ipswich," Lenihan revealed to iFollow Rovers.
“We’ve done most of our fitness work now and it’s just about going down the tactical route for Ipswich and the manager will prepare us as best as he can. The lads are raring to go and it’s important to start the season well.
“We know how difficult the league is, know how tough every game is and it’s a battle every week really. We need to take it one game at a time and Ipswich is the first one to look forward to it.
“If you get a good start then the momentum will build. We’ll go to Ipswich looking to win and take it from there."
The 24-year-old, who recently signed a new long-term contract to commit to Rovers, is also delighted to see reward for the fine defensive work put into pre-season, with three shutouts from our five pre-season games so far.
“We’ve been working on our defensive shape over the last few weeks now and the way we’ve been playing we’ve been working towards that," he added.
"Thankfully we have a few pre-season clean sheets and we’ll be looking to build on that."