Hill Looks For Mental Strength In Pre Season
The players returned for pre season earlier this week and Keith Hill has said he can tell a lot by how players react when they are physically drained.
Speaking to the Official Site Hill explained that he was deliberately going to make pre season tough this summer because not only does he want to see how players cope with the physical endurance, he wants to see what effects that has on their mental strength...do they have the mental endurance he's looking for ahead of the coming campaign.
'It gives me a great chance to see what the mental capabilities are and when they might hit a brick wall. Some might get buried as other players trample on top of them, but I'm looking for players to rise to the challenge of seeing what potential they have when they hit rock bottom. I mean emotionally, physically and mentally because of a lot of different variables, it's going to be interesting.'
Hill says that after the first three days he'll have a good idea who will stand up to be counted and who won't when they are at breaking point in games, but that's not a problem for him and it doesn't mean anybody will get written off, because once he knows that that is a weakness for a player, he can get to work on correcting it, get them believing in themselves so they don't go under or hide, and give that extra 10% when the chips are down which will make them stronger and better players.
Speaking to the Official Site on a different occasion after seeing the players put through their paces for a few days this week, Hill said also that he was very pleased with the condition that they had all returned in, as clearly the players are up for the coming campaign and despite having a good break, nobody has let themselves dip too far when it comes to their basic level of fitness.
'We've had difficult days, both physically and mentally, but the players have come back in a good condition and a condition that is prepared for the hard work ahead - which becomes easier almost because of that.'
Hill is especially pleased with this because it means he doesn't have to spend as long on the physical aspects of pre season training, he can get to tactics, strategies and on pitch work to improve the players quicker, which should reap it's own reward.