Sheffield Wednesday centre-half Rob Jones says he can’t wait for the match action to start as the club’s training camp comes to an end tonight in Austria.
The Owls take on Russian Premier League club Volga Novgorod with 31-year-old Jones, who is likely to captain the team, saying he is looking forward to the fixture.
He said: “You always want to get on with the games. We’ve worked very hard out here, having double sessions; there’s still a long way to go (until the season) but it will be good to play a match.”
Jones, who signed a two-year deal with the Owls in May after impressing during an 11-game loan spell, has enjoyed the week-long stint in the Austrian mountains.
It included an afternoon of whitewater rafting to break up the training schedule.
He said: “In all my career I have never had two pre-seasons exactly the same. Some are all running, some have the ball out more.We’ve had a good mix of both this year. When you come away it allows you to get to know the lads off the pitch. The new signings have come in and fitted in really well.
“For me the most important thing we need next season is team spirit and we definitely have that within the squad.”
Owls target, Leicester City winger Lloyd Dyer, has said he doesn’t want to leave the East Midlands club.
The Star understands Wednesday are still interested despite Dyer saying no-one from Hillsborough has approached him.
Meanwhile, a club spokesman confirmed season ticket sales will exceed last year’s total of 11,500.
More than 11,000 have been sold with the big kick-off at the start of August still three and a half weeks away.