It is fair to say Sheffield Wednesday’s Middlewood Road training ground has been a happy place over the last 18 months or so.
A strong team spirit was forged under previous head coach Stuart Gray, something which players were always keen to highlight when given the opportunity.
Gray’s own methods in training were a key part of that togetherness, largely because he immersed himself in the sessions to.
Always in the middle, regularly offering tips and advice, the 55-year-old won the respect from his squad due to his hands-on approach.
Training was an enjoyable experience for the squad, one which could easily have been disrupted by Gray’s sudden departure two months ago.
While acknowledging things are different under new head coach Carlos Carvalhal, longest serving player Liam Palmer says he is enjoying the new experience of working under the Portuguese.
“It’s been great,” Palmer told the Star.
“He’s been trying to get his ideas across to us in training since he came in.
“We’ve been doing double sessions and triple sessions, working really hard.
“He’s got some good ideas. It’s an exciting time for the club with new players coming in.
“Sessions are different. He likes us to work at our maximum and then he’ll give us a couple of minutes between sessions which allows you to get your breath back.
“He wants us to do everything with real quality.
“Everything is with the ball as well which is what you want and it’s been great.”
A noticeable aspect of play under Carvalhal this pre-season has been the positioning of full backs, wide and high up the pitch, when Wednesday are in possession.
The advanced position is one regular right back Palmer is happy to take up.
“He wants whoever is playing full back to get wide and get forward,” the 23-year-old said.
“He wants the centre backs to split, the full backs up and for us to really stretch the pitch and use as much space as possible.
“That’s music to my ears.
“I like to get forward a bit more, get further up the pitch and get some crosses in.
The Owls close their pre-season programme this afternoon with the visit of Scottish Championship side St Mirren to Hillsborough (3pm).