Manager Mark McGhee insists that his pre-season preparations will not be rushed ahead of the League Cup clash with Rangers on July 16.
The players returned to training on Monday and the ‘Well boss was impressed with his teams fitness – but stressed that he does not expect them to be back to full fitness too soon and his priority is to avoid injuries.
He said: “There’s always apprehension, there’s always that fear of what’s to come and the difficulty that pre-season training represents.
“But it’s nothing silly; the first day today we’ll do a bit of interval running, a little bit of body circuits and introduce them gently.”
The players, who each had strict programmes to follow over the break, arrived back at training on Monday.
McGhee said: “The fitness levels should be good anyway but we have to make sure that we’re getting up to speed as quickly as we can.
“We won’t be ready [on July 16] the way we expect to be when we’re four or five games in to the season, it’s impossible. If we try to do that we’re likely to injure people.”
He added: “One of the main objectives of any pre-season training campaign is to avoid injuries and to come through it with everyone fit – both in terms of their physical fitness, but also not pulling muscles or over-doing it so we don’t get injuries early on.”
And on the back of the addition of a few new signings, the Fir Parkers boss said: “It’s good to see some new faces, I think it energises everybody with new faces and new voices – and [the players] will all be looking forward to seeing how good they are too.”