MK Dons are five days into their pre-season fitness camp in Ireland and it would appear that there is no rest for the wicked.
Their days start with 7am beach runs as they aim to maintain their impressive fitness levels of the 2011/12 season. This morning, under the clouds and in cool conditions, fitness and conditioning coach Damien Doyle took half of the group on a twenty minute run on the beach while the remainder of the players participated in ball-work sessions under the instructions of Karl Robinson, Mick Harford and Ian Wright.
The groups then switched to ensure every player completed their morning run before a short, yet highly-competitive football-based session.
The entire team took part in the session including trialists Deon Burton, who has been with the squad since the start of pre-season, former Celtic and Hibernian striker Derek Riordan and Spanish hotshot Juanfri, who has impressed in the youth and B Team set-up for La Liga side Malaga.
The players looked fresh and eager to impress as their preparations for the upcoming season get into full swing.
The hard work did not stop there though, later in the morning the squad made the short trip to their training ground where they completed a two-hour training session with the main focus on football ahead of their forthcoming pre-season friendlies.
After training the players are given a few hours to recuperate before heading to the gym to work on strengthening their core fitness.
The Dons take on St. James Gate on Monday evening before facing a test against Whitehall Rangers on Wednesday, which is quickly followed by a behind-closed-doors match against the Bohemians on Thursday morning.
It is an intense pre-season programme, but one that should ensure the players are in peak condition in time to kick-off the new season.