MK Dons’ midfielder described how imperative a full pre-season can be to a player, so that they can avoid ‘playing catch up’ throughout the rest of the campaign. He also spoke about the benefits that come along with the preparations.
McEachran expressed how ‘delighted’ he was, to sign on with the Dons for another year. A particular reason for his bliss, was the ability to get this completed so that he could ‘have a full pre-season under his belt.’
When asked about the significance of pre-season, the number 16 had this to say:
“It’s massive because it sets you up for the season ahead, it’s even more important to me because I missed the last pre-season due to COVID-19. We can get a good six weeks of work into our body.
“Last week, we were back in and getting up to speed, this week We’re currently at our Ireland pre-season camp. I think that these next two weeks is where we will put the hard graft in.
“It’s also for the new lads, so they can settle in as quickly as possible. We’re away for a week together 24 hours a day, it’s a good chance for everyone to get to know each other on and off the pitch.”
Questions then shifted toward the knock-on effects that the events of last season could have on the upcoming campaign, McEachran replied: “Overall I thought we did really well.
“We were all absolutely gutted to lose in the play-off semi final, especially since I was the one who got sent off. But, like you said, I have to put that to one side and look at the positives.
“You have to look back on our past season and the strides we have made, we finished 3rd after a 13th place finish the season before. It was a positive season and I’m really excited for the next one.”