Hull City begin preparations for their return to the Premier League

The Tigers have a packed schedule before they begin their campaign against reigning champions Leicester City.

Hull City begin preparations for their return to the Premier League
Where all the hard work will take place (photo: World Football Grounds)

Whilst committing his foreseeable future to the club last week, Steve Bruce claimed "it is business as usual" for Hull City, as their players return to a gruelling pre-season schedule over the next few weeks.

An early return after a long holiday

With most of the players enjoying a substantial holiday period following a lack of Euro 2016 and Copa America call ups, the Tigers returned to work earlier than most of their rivals as they walked back through the training ground doors on Monday morning. The usual fitness tests were due to take place, with every result closely scrutinised by the sports science team. The Yorkshire club will then fly out to a week long training camp in Portugal as they begin preparations.

The squad is more than likely going to be split in half for the opening friendly fixtures, with trips to Grimsby Town and the annual North Ferriby United visit taking place at the end of next week. Those games kick off a busy two week period that will see no less than six fixtures against the likes of Mansfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Barnsley and Nottingham Forest.

Conference playoff final winners Grimsby will provide a tough opening test (photo: Sky Sports)
Conference playoff final winners Grimsby will provide a tough opening test (photo: Sky Sports)

A visit to Austria will be no stroll in the Alps

Just days after their trip to the City Ground, the Tigers will hop abroad oncemore to Austria, as high altitude training is mixed with friendlies against Caykur Rizespor and Torino. The squad is then due to fly back just days before their opening Premier League clash against champions Leicester City on August 13th.

With a handful of players such as Ryan Mason, Jeff Hendrick, Will Grigg and Will Hughes all linked with a move to the KCOM this summer, Hull's pre-season will certainly be worth keeping an eye on. A number of players could be set to leave, including star striker Abel Hernandez who has been tipped to move to Fiorentina.

One player who has committed to his future to the club is winger Ahmed Elmohamady. The Egyptian admitted the importance of the next few weeks explaining "we have to prepare well during this pre-season for all of the big games that are to come and I am ready for that".

Hull fans will certainly be ready for a return to the top flight, though they will have to wait until the Premier League stadium kicks off before they can watch their side at the newly named KCOM, with all eight pre-season fixtures taking place on away soil.