Andy Rose is loving his football at the moment.
Under the stewardship of Stephen Robinson, the Australian midfielder says he is learning new things every day – and that he cannot wait for domestic football to return in a week.
“It’s been a really enjoyable trip so far,” the 27-year-old said. “There’s been lots of hard work and obviously the weather has been great and the facilities are fantastic.
“It was cold when we left but there’s a lot we can focus on over here all together in the heat of Tenerife.
“Getting away from everything and spending all day, every day together has been great. Bonding-wise it’s been important and tactically it means we can nail down things on the training pitch, so it’s been great.”
Tactically astute, Rose has particularly enjoyed the preparation and focus that is put in to training and matches.
He said: “Coming in the the season we had so many new faces that I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t be sure how we’d get on.
“I think we raised our own expectations quite quickly – we nailed down a system and everyone bought in to it.
“There’s been a lot of things that have been new to me but it’s been really enjoyable.
“It’s something I want to get in to later in my career and maybe in my next career, so I just try to soak up as much as I can.
“One thing that sticks in my mind is when we switched shape leading up to the Aberdeen away league match.
“We went with a diamond and had only worked on it a few days that week but the manager and all of the coaching staff are so good and bedding things in for us that we went and turned in a great performance in a shape that we weren’t used to.”
With his attention firmly focused on the second half of the 2017/18 campaign, Rose is relishing a return to action but admits the team can also be proud of their efforts so far.
“Things dipped a bit towards the end of the year for various reasons,” he admitted. “We’re not going to make excuses but things certainly went against us, but it’s very important to get things back on track.
“We’ve made a great connection with the fans this season so it’s been enjoyable to play in front of them and we’ve made some long lasting memories.
“When you look back on the first half of the season as a whole, there are so many things that we can be proud of, as well as focus on things that we can get back to.”