FIT-AGAIN QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins believes he and his team-mates have all the tools at their disposal to enjoy a productive opening week of pre-season training in Portugal.
The Rangers squad arrived at the Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort in Lagos late on Sunday night, before being thrown in at the deep end with a triple training session on day one.
The resort itself ticks all the boxes for a pre-season campaign and Cousins himself admitted the R’s can have no excuses about the environment they’ll be working in over the next six days.
“Everyone is in good spirits and as a squad, you couldn’t wish for better facilities to train in,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Everything is catered for here - from the pitches, to the gym, to the hotel, to the food. It’s all first class.”
“It’s been a good, tough start to pre-season,” he added.
“The boys have come back in good shape and the manager has made it clear how happy he is with the work we’ve done in the summer, so we’re all in condition to really hit the ground running.”
For Cousins, who was restricted to just 21 appearances in his first season at Loftus Road last term owing to injuries, the next few weeks are seen as crucial, as he completes his comeback from a torn quad, sustained in March.
“I feel good within myself and hopefully all that hard work I’ve put in will pay off,” he said.
“I had one week off and then I was in for the whole summer, doing at least three sessions a week.
“I feel in good shape and I’m ready to really kick on now.”
Manager Ian Holloway gets his message across at the start of day one
There was plenty of running in the Algarve sunshine on the first day
Conor Washington and Jordan Cousins hit the ground running
Thirsty work as Joel Lynch takes on fluids during a break
Grant Hall sports the Romania '98 look following his return this summer
It might be the first day but the ball made an early appearance
Darnell Furlong conserves some energy by hitching a ride on Jack Robinson
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Jamie Mackie smiling like only he can on day one of pre-season
He added: “Last season was really frustrating for me.
“From March onwards, when I tore my quad off the bone, all I’ve been thinking about following that operation was getting fit for pre-season.
“It was a setback but I’m more determined than ever to be fit for the new season.
“I’ve missed being in and around the lads on the training pitches.
“The main thing for me is to stay fit and make sure my body is in the right condition to prepare for a 46-game league season.
“I’ll do everything I can to be in the manager’s plans come the start of August when the action gets underway.
“Between now and then its up to me to show him what I can do.”