Hull City begin a packed schedule of pre-season fixtures this weekend, as they look to bring their hard graft from Portugal onto the pitch in preparation for their return to the Premier League.
The players have enjoyed "a good stint of training"
The Tigers are likely to split their already small squad in two, with one half travelling to Grimsby Town on Friday and the other heading to North Ferriby United the day after. The players have just returned from a training camp in the Algarve and will be keen to get back onto the pitch, as explained by coach Stephen Clemence.
Clemence suggested that the players "are raring to go" after a "good stint of training". He went on to explain that "our manager likes to do things differently whereby we go away and do some preparation, get the players fit and then play some games".
Bruce and Hernandez to stay?
The manager himself has endured a rollercoaster of a summer with his position as Hull boss under question due to the expected sale by owner Assem Allam and recent links with the vacant England Head Coach role. Yet Hull have claimed there has been no official approach for Steve Bruce from the FA, whilst favourite for the role Sam Allardyce flew home from Sunderland's training camp in Austria to hold talks.
Despite the speculation, Bruce has made it a priority to hold onto last season's top goalscorer Abel Hernandez who has been linked with a move back to Serie A. The former defender claimed "as far as I'm concerned we are not selling Abel or anybody. We're only concentrating on bringing new players in".
Such players include Lamine Sane and Hal Robson-Kanu. Sane has been advised not to train with current club Bordeaux whilst negotiations are finalised and the French defender looks set to be heading to Yorkshire. Yet Hull could miss out on free agent Robson-Kanu who is reportedly on the radar of some Chinese clubs who are prepared to offer six figure salaries.