The last three weeks have been an absolute beasting.
If every season on the pitch in the Aviva Premiership seems to get tougher, then there is no change in the weights and conditioning room either.
Despite the pain associated with pre-season, there is a fantastic atmosphere at Wasps this summer.
It has been well-documented how tough last season was for all of us. At one stage, with a massive list of injuries, we barely had enough players to put a team out at the weekend.
There were even fewer players in training at times as those with minor knocks were wrapped up in cotton wool just so they could make game day.
Lots of those players are back fit now and with the recruiting the club has been doing in the off-season, we are all starting to realise just how impressive a squad has been assembled here.
South African back-rower Ashley Johnson will be an absolute beast for us this season and it will be great to see James Haskell back here too. I saw him for the first time back here the other day and he hasn’t changed!
Stephen Jones is looking an absolutely class signing too. There are lots of young, eager and fresh-faced young players here at Wasps. Stephen is someone who can bring those players together and run the show in a clam and calculated manner. With Nicky Robinson already here, there will be some serious competition for that No.10 shirt.
Andrea Masi will add international experience to the back line and, in my position on the wing, new boy James Bailey will be keeping myself, Christian Wade and Hugo Southwell on our toes.
There is no shortage of confidence in the squad and we are determined to take that out onto the pitch when we get underway.
Nobody is talking about Wasps when discussing who might do well this year in the Premiership and we hope it stays like that. Very quietly, we are amassing a very good side here.
Before I sign off, I just want to promise those who have been asking – and there have been quite a few – that myself, Chris Mayor and Charlie Davies definitely intend to do another musical offering as a follow-up to ‘Call Me Maybe’ (36,000 hits and counting on You Tube by the way).
It’s just that we have been so tired by the rigours of pre-season training that we haven’t had any energy to put time into thinking about it.
And the pressure is on to make it a good one after the first one went down so well.
Watch this space.
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