Leon's in tip-top condition
2nd July 2013
The Swans squad report back for the start of pre-season training today - but Leon Britton's preparations are already well underway.
While his team-mates were jetting off on their holidays after a demanding campaign, the midfielder underwent a successful double hernia operation in Germany, and has spent the last few weeks on the training pitch as he looks to start pre-season with a bang.
Britton, who featured in 41 games last season, played through the pain barrier at the tail end of the campaign in order to play his part in the run-in.
And now he hopes the extra shifts he has put in will mean he'll report back for the first day of pre-season training in top condition.
"After I had the operation on the Tuesday, the following Monday I was back training," said Brits. "So I've already got around two weeks of training behind me, because I needed to build on my muscle due to the weakness following the hernia op.
"I've done quite a bit of running recently, with a lot of twisting and turning, to ensure I'm ready for the start of pre-season training.
"I've been in for the last few weeks with the aim of being my sharpest. It's going to be another testing campaign with both league and European demands, so we've got to be ready from day one - and that's today."
Britton will fly out to Holland on Wednesday as the Swans take in a four-game tour, which includes games with Eredivisie duo NAC Breda and ADO Den Haag.
New signings Jose Canas and Jordi Amat will be among the new faces in the squad for the ten-day trip, which will boost Michael Laudrup's preparations.
And Britton feels the time away in Holland will act as the perfect opportunity for the new signings to integrate with the squad.
"I'm looking forward to meeting up with the lads again, but also the new signings too," added Britton.
"It's great when we get abroad and spend time bonding as a group.
"The new signings get to know the squad and vice versa, and that's important ahead of what will be another massive season for us."
He added: "Holland has been a big part of our pre-season plans in the last few years.
"And, of course, there's a good link between ourselves and Den Haag. That really hit home when a huge group of Den Haag fans came over here to watch us play.
"So it will be good to get out to Holland again. All the boys are looking forward to the games and playing together again."
For full details on the tour, click HERE