Stephen Robinson is well aware of what a week away can do for his team.
During the summer, the ‘Well boss took his side to Ireland to prepare for the campaign ahead, allowing a whole host of new faces to settle in the process.
The results were evident. The Steelmen stormed to the Betfred Cup final and enjoyed one of their strongest starts to a league campaign in recent years.
However, injuries hit and results tailed off towards the end of the calendar year.
Now, there is a need for recuperation, as well as a further injection of energy and drive.
Armed with two new recruits, Robinson’s side are under-going warm-weather training in Tenerife, and the manager is encouraged by what he has seen so far.
“It’s been good,” the Northern Irishman said. “In comparison to what we would have had in Motherwell, it’s been very good.
[pullquote]”I think we needed it, we did the same before the start of the season when we went to Dublin and I’m getting the same feel good factor coming back again.[/pullquote]
“The boys are training at a high intensity, working really hard again and getting back to what we’re very good at.”
It’s not all fun and games for the Fir Parkers, as Robinson himself insisted.
“I think the perception is that sometimes you come to a warm weather climate and you take it easy, well we’ve done the opposite.
[pullquote]We’re having double sessions, we’re in the gym, we’ve got super facilities and you can do a lot of coaching out here.[/pullquote]
“We gave the boys a few days off after the Hamilton game and we’re back on it again. We’re having double sessions, we’re in the gym, we’ve got super facilities and you can do a lot of coaching out here.”
There is more to it than hard work too, as the trip offers the squad some all-important time for team building.
“Obviously you get to know each other and the boys are all together all the time,” the manager said, “they eat together, they train together and they mix together.”
Two players who will benefit in particular from the close-knit working environment is Nadir Çiftçi and Curtis Main.
And for Robinson, the two new recruits have settled in well.
“We lost Louis and it was paramount that we had to bring people in.
“I felt that we had to bring a couple of people in and the reality is that we’ve brought boys in with top ability.
[pullquote]We’ve brought both of those boys in, I’m confident they’ll do well and it’s up to me to get the best out of them.[/pullquote]
“Nadir has went for over a million pounds and we know that his last couple of seasons haven’t been what his ability should be.
“But Motherwell don’t sign players if they’re worth a million pounds and at the top of their game, what I need to do is get him back to his best.
“He’s a boy who’s bought in to what we’re trying to do, he’s got undoubted talent, and we just have to make sure we get him in and back fit and ready to go again.”
“With Curtis, if he’d played 30 games for Portsmouth and scored 20 goals, we don’t get anywhere near him.
“What we’ve brought in is the potential for him to go on and do that and I firmly believe that is the case – he’s a strong boy and holds the ball up well and I firmly believe he’ll get us goals.
“We’ve brought both of those boys in, I’m confident they’ll do well and it’s up to me to get the best out of them.”