Midfielder blogs from Under-21 and Under-18 camp in Obertraun.
Sunday was a long day. I got up at about 4.30am to get ready and head to Finch Farm and we arrived here in Austria about 12 hours later.
I've enjoyed it though - maybe not the three-hour journey from the airport to the facilities but it's worth it when you arrive!
This is my fourth year in various parts of Austria. I've been here in Obertraun two times before and it feels like a second home now. It's unbelievable, breathtaking, especially when we've been up the mountains. It's truly mind-blowing. The facilities are a dream and you can't knock them.
Coming here will be a good experience for the new scholars and those who haven't been before. I'm sure they'll enjoy it and feel the benefits. The coaches are all here to help as well.
We had time to do some training last night. It was the first proper session for us Under-21 lads since coming back and it was good to ease us into things here.
We'd only had fitness tests so far so it was good to get the ball out.
I believe it's very beneficial for you to start ball-work early. We did it last pre-season and it was good. As a footballer, you just want to get the ball straight away and it's good to get your sharpness as soon as possible.
Hopefully it's got any jetlag out of the system too.
Being surrounded and sheltered by the Alps, it's a massive change to the wind blowing in your face at Finch Farm!
You feel tired when you're doing the training here and it's hard work, but it's all about your recovery. Each day you feel better and that's what we're aiming for really - to get our fitness levels up on this first week back.