Following a week-long tour in Austria, midfielder Josh Morris explained it’s helped bed him in to the squad.
Having joined this summer from fellow League One outfit Bradford City, the new recruit has been familiarising himself with his United teammates as the 2016-17 campaign fast approaches.
The team have endured a tough week of training and also got a taste of match action again which Morris admitted has whet the appetite ahead of August 6.
He told The Iron PlayerHD following the 2-1 defeat to FC Liefering on Friday evening: “It was nice to be back out there (on the pitch).
“We’ve had a tough week but it’s been good and nice to finish off with a game.
“Things have been great so far and the lads have been really good.
“I’ve just been getting to know everyone and obviously we’ve been working hard in training so I’m just looking forward to the season now.”
The first friendly fixture over on Austrian soil had to be abandoned due to a large downpour of rain and Graham Alexander’s side were just shaded out in the second, losing 2-1 to FC Liefering.
Keen, however, to stress the wider importance that the trip will have, Morris expects it to put the players in a good place as preparations for the seasonal opener against Bristol Rovers intensify.
“The facilities have been great. I’ve been here before so I know it’s a really nice place,” the 24-year-old continued.
“With four sessions a day, it’s been a tough week but it’s a tough season ahead as well.
“We know what to expect in League One so it stands us in good stead.
“They (FC Liefering) were good but we did well. I think we got to grips with them after the first 10 or 15 minutes and we played some good stuff ourselves.
“We maybe could have got a few more goals but that will come in the next few weeks.”
With the Iron now set to continue their pre-season programme back in North Lincolnshire, further games will be played in order to get the squad as sharp as possible over the next few weeks.
One of a handful of fresh faces in the Glanford Park dressing room, the former Blackburn Rovers man is as eager as anyone to see the curtain raiser come around.
Morris added: “All our preparation is gearing towards the start of the season so I’m looking forward to it.
“I think most of the hard work has been done in the first two weeks, with a tough pre-season so far.
“Now it’s all about preparing for that first game of the season and the year coming.”
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