Ben Brereton believes that putting in the pre-season graft will reap the rewards for Rovers when the competitive campaign gets going.
The 20-year-old frontman was part of the travelling party to Austria at the end of last month for a gruelling week-long training camp in Eastern Europe.
This pre-season is the striker's first as a Rover after arriving last in the summer 2018 transfer window from Nottingham Forest.
And discussing the schedule, the number 19 feels the vigorous sessions will benefit the squad in the long-term.
“Pre-season's been tough, certainly with the week in Austria where it was extremely hot," the young frontman reflected to iFollow Rovers.
"The group's bonding very well and the lads have said that they have come back better than they did last pre-season.
“Not everyone likes the running in pre-season, but it's something you have to do. You have to keep your fitness levels up.
“We've had a break but we've got the balls out early and it's coming along nicely, but we have to do that fitness side of things as well as the football."
Brereton played the first half of the opening pre-season game against Barrow at the weekend, and is now looking forward to the remaining matches before the curtain-raising Championship clash against Charlton Athletic at the start of August.
“It's always nice to get back on the pitch and play," he added.
"Everyone lives for the matchday. People will make mistakes in pre-season, but it's about getting ready for those competitive games.
“Every lad will tell you it's about fitness, but we want to win every game in pre-season and start as we mean to go on."