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28 July 2017

We caught up with your 2016-17 Player of the Year Dan Burn on Friday to get his thoughts on pre-season so far.

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Burn on pre-season

“Obviously the new staff have come in so it’s taken a little while to get everyone closely knit together but it’s been going well. It’s been tough because we’ve had sessions like swimming and cross-fit which we haven’t normally done but as we’ve been getting closer to the start of the season we’ve been working on our shape a lot more and just getting ready for MK Dons.

“I’ve enjoyed all of the different sessions we’ve done because it’s mixed it up a bit and helped the team spirit for sure. We’ve got a big squad so we need a good team spirit.

“I don’t think any footballer likes pre-season because there’s a lot of running and a lot of fitness, but we’re nearly at the end of it now so it’s a lot more football and shape based.

Burn on a new style of play

“The manager has come in with his own philosophy and how he wants to play, and it’s just all been about integrating that to the lads and we’ve taken it well. We’re still learning though and we’ll keep on learning throughout the season.

Burn on a positive environment

“A lot of the players had become used to getting beat last season so there’s big expectations on us this year and we have to put things right.

Burn on last season

“I would have taken not playing the whole of last season if it meant we would have stayed in the Championship, but it was one of those things. The pressure last season was on us to stay up where it will be different for us this time around so we’re trying to change the mentality of the squad into a winning one.

Burn on the new players

“A lot of the players we’ve brought in are fairly experienced and they all seemed to have settled because the lads who were here from last season have welcomed them with open arms.

Burn on his fellow centre halves

“Sam Stubbs was obviously here last season and we all know how good he is but he’s just at that stage now where he needs to go out and get that experience of playing against men every week. The two new lads who have come in have been brilliant. Chey is a very experienced defender at this level, Terell is really good on the ball and even with Donervon as well we’ve got six really solid centre halves so that’s something we’re quite comfortable with.

Burn on starting the season

“It’ll just be good on getting the season going again. It doesn’t feel like five minutes since it ended but I’m glad we’re at the back end of pre-season now and hopefully we can get off to a good start.

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