The Royals returned to training on Monday, clocking up the mileage in their legs once more to prepare for a gruelling Championship campaign ahead.
After several weeks off, the Royals revealed they have kept themselves as fit as possible over the summer break - as they look to hit the ground running when August comes around.
Early tests on Monday morning were set to be followed by a full training session in the afternoon, with the Royals preparing for their first friendly at Eastleigh on Saturday lunchtime.
Speaking upon arrival at Hogwood, captain Paul McShane said the mood is good in the camp as they get back to work.
Along with Andy Yiadom, McShane said he was pleased to see the arrival of Republic of Ireland team-mates, David Meyler and John O'Shea, while the team was off.
McShane said: "It's great to see, I've known them for a good few years. I knew Dave when I was at Sunderland and John through the Irish team and Man United.
"It's great to see familiar faces and they're good lads that have a lot to offer. I know them as characters and I think they're the right sort of characters to have.
"John's got a wealth of experience that'll be vital for us and Dave is a good, honest player who will give everything. He's hungry to succeed."
The Royals are set to go through a gruelling schedule ahead of the new campaign getting underway, and McShane is excited by the challenge.
"Pre-season is always a test - I kind of enjoy it in a way!" He continued. "You push yourself to the limit and I've been doing some runs in the off-season - and they were quite tough!"