Josh Robson is revelling in the importance of pre-season following Sunderland under-23s’ return to action last night.
The full-back gained valuable minutes in the tank last night as Elliott Dickman’s youngsters suffered a slender 2-1 defeat at Sunderland RCA.
While the defeat was a disappointing one to take, Robson believes hard work is key to ensuring the right levels are achieved by the time the under-23s reach their first competitive match.
And speaking to safc.com, Robson also lavished praise on the feel-good factor that has emanated from the club’s new manager, Simon Grayson.
“It is really tough, working hard and making sure you are grafting every day and putting the effort in,” he said.
“At the end of the day everyone is at different levels and its just about making sure at the start of the season everyone is fit.
“It is great to hear and he has obviously been really successful at his previous clubs.
“From what I have seen of him he seems a really genuine guy and he is very positive.
“A lot of the lads are over there which is great for us.
“It makes a better bond for everyone so if you do step-up you feel a bit more comfortable training with the first team.”